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Sunday, July 11, 2004 

Copa America Results

Group B

Uruguay 2-1 Ecuador

Diego Forlan and Marcelo Sosa

Uruguay defeated Ecuador 2-1 on Saturday night in the Copa America courtesy of second half strikes from Diego Forlan and Carlos Bueno. The match appeared to be headed for a deadlock because the scoreless first half suggested that both sides were playing very cautiously. However, this all changed when Manchester United striker Diego Forlan made a daring solo run up the middle of the park and scored from 23 yards out in the 61st minute to bring this match to life. But Ecuador, just as they did against Argentina, tied the score line at 1-1 when replacement forward Franklin Salas equalized in the 73rd minute after knocking home a cross from full back Ulises de la Cruz. But Ecuador, just as they did against Argentina, squandered the even scoeline as Carlos Bueno scored the eventual game winning goal in the 79th minute by poking in a rebound over goalkeeper Giovanny Ibarra for his second goal of the tournament. The victory was the 99th in Copa history for Uruguay, which plays Argentina at Piura on Tuesday. The loss has virtually eliminated Ecaudor from the competition as they have 0 points from their first two matches.

URUGUAY: Luis Barbat; Joe Bizera, Dario Rodriguez, Paolo Montero (Eduardo Lago); Marcelo Sosa, Gustavo Varela, Omar Pouso, Cristian Rodríguez (Vicente Sánchez); Debray Darío Silva, Carlos Bueno, Diego Forlan (Diego Pérez).

ECUADOR: Geovanni Ibarra; Iván Hurtado, Ulises De la Cruz, Geovanny Espinoza, Neicer Reasco; Alfonso Obregón, Kléber Chala, Édison Méndez (Evelio Ordoñez), Edwin Tenorio (Franklim Salas), Alex Aguinaga; Agustín Delgado.

GOALS: 1-0, Diego Forlan (61'); 1-1, Franklim Salas (72'); 2-1, Carlos Bueno (79')

Argentina 0-1 Mexico

Ramón Morales

Argentina, fresh off their 6-1 dismantling of Ecuador, were stunned by Mexico 1-0 Friday night in Chiclayo. The Albiceleste fall to third place in deadly Group B, one behind Uruguay and Mexico. Ramon Morales stunned Marcelo Bielsa's men with a goal inside ten minutes. Morales zipped a classy free kick past goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri, who stood no chance on the shot.
The Tricolores proved to be a much sturdier side than Argentina's opening round opponents, who simply collapsed under pressure over the final thirty minutes. Javier Saviola, Andres D'Alessandro and company failed to find the space that killed off Ecuador, despite controlling play for the remainder of the match. To their credit Mexico was able to sustain threatening counterattacks to keep Argentina honest, thus limiting the numbers thrown forward in the attack. Goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez made a few crucial saves in the second half as Argentina earned a slew of corner kicks. Roberto Ayala had the best chance to equalize, but his header was parried magnificently by Sanchez.

ARGENTINA: Roberto Abbondanzieri; Roberto Fabián Ayala, Juan Pablo Sorín (Luciano Figueroa), Gabriel Heinze, Javier Zanetti; Javier Mascherano, Andrés D'Alessandro, Luis González (Mauro Rosales), Kily González; Javier Saviola, César Delgado (Carlos Tevez).

MEXICO: Oswaldo Sánchez; Gabriel Briceño (Octavio Valdez), Rafael Márquez, Duilio Davino, David Oteo, Ricardo Osorio; Gerardo Torrado, Pavel Pardo, Ramón Morales (Daniel Osorno), José Arellano; Jared Borgetti (Hector Altamirano).

GOALS: 0-1, Ramón Morales (8')


Pos. Team Pld Pts
1. Uruguay 2 4
2. Mexico 2 4
3. Argentina 2 3
4. Ecuador 2 0

Source: goal.com; conmebol.com

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