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Uruguay triumphs over Brazil in thrilling Copa América quarterfinal 

07 July 2024  

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LAS VEGAS: In a gripping quarterfinal clash at Allegiant Stadium, Uruguay emerged victorious over Brazil in a match that showcased intense competition, strategic gameplay, and standout performances.

The match, filled with high tension and nail-biting moments, ultimately led to Uruguay’s advancement to the CONMEBOL Copa América™ Semifinals.

From the start, both teams demonstrated mutual respect with strong marking and cautious play.

Uruguay was the first to threaten when a deflection off Eder Militão’s head in the 18th minute almost surprised Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson.

The ensuing corner saw Olivera rise above the Brazilian defense, narrowly missing the target.

Brazil, relying on swift counter-attacks, placed their hopes on the young Endrick and the agile Raphinha to counter Marcelo Bielsa’s high-pressing strategy.

Endrick, making his debut as a starter in the tournament, troubled the Uruguayan defense with his speed and determination.

In a notable moment in the 27th minute, Endrick intercepted the ball from Viña and attempted to find Raphinha in the box, only for Ugarte to clear the danger.

Uruguay’s best opportunity in the first half came in the 34th minute when Nández’s cross found Darwin Núñez, who, rising alone between Militão and Marquinhos, headed the ball just over the bar.

Brazil responded with a fast break from Raphinha, who tested Uruguayan goalkeeper Rochet but was denied. Another attempt in stoppage time saw Rochet again making a crucial save.

The second half was characterized by heightened tension and fewer offensive threats as both defenses tightened.

Uruguay created early opportunities with long-range efforts from Valverde in the 47th minute and a shot from Núñez inside the area in the 53rd minute.

Brazil struggled to break through Uruguay’s defense until the 73rd minute, when a VAR review resulted in Nández receiving a red card, giving Brazil a numerical advantage.

Brazil’s best chance to clinch the match came in the 85th minute when Endrick made a personal run and shot from medium distance, only for Rochet to make a simple save.

Despite Brazil’s persistent efforts, Uruguay’s resolute defense forced the game into a penalty shootout.

In the shootout, both Rochet and Alisson made crucial saves, but Douglas Luiz’s attempt hit the post, and Manuel Ugarte’s decisive shot secured Uruguay’s victory and progression to the semifinals.

What’s Next? Uruguay will face Colombia in the semifinals at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 10.

Brazil’s journey in the CONMEBOL Copa América 2024™ ends here, but their young talents, particularly Endrick, have shown promise for the future.

Publish Date : 07 July 2024 09:32 AM

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