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Copa America: Suarez completes goal project to keep Uruguay on par with Chile

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Luis Suarez celebrates with Uruguayan teammates after marking the equalizer against Chile in Cuiaba on Monday night.

Luis Suarez scored a goal for Uruguay, which threatened to continue until the fifth consecutive game.

The veteran striker’s 66-minute draw helped Uruguay draw 1-1 against Chile at the Copa America in Cuiaba on Monday, his first point of the tournament.

The result allowed Chile to move to the knockout phase of the tournament and kept the Uruguayans in conflict in Group A.

Chilean Eduardo Vargas opened the scoring in the 26th minute with a powerful cross from the right, and Suarez equalized the score at close range.

Argentina leads Group A with seven points. In second place is Chile with five points, followed by Paraguay (3), Uruguay (1) and Bolivia (0).

Uruguay tried to be aggressive in the beginning after four matches, without scoring a goal, a section that included the Copa America and World Cup qualification. Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made two difficult saves in the first 10 minutes, both from shots taken by Georgian de Arascaeta.

And then Chile scored. Vargas had one or two with Ben Breretton on the right flank, entered the penalty area and shot at a small angle past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Uruguay once again tried to give opportunities to Suarez and Edinson Cavani, so coach Oscar Tabares sent midfielder Nahitan Nandez and striker Facundo Torres after the break.

Torres made a corner that deflected Matthias Vecchino’s head so that Suarez could reach him. The striker and Chilean Arturo Vidal reached out to reach the ball, but Suarez hit it first with a volley.

Chile dropped to 10 men in the 85th when Eric Pulgar was injured after coach Martin Lasarte had already made all his substitutions. But Uruguay failed to capitalize.

After the match, Suarez said he was lucky to score at the Pantanal Arena in Cuiaba.

“Today we are happy with our teamwork, but we know there is room for improvement,” he said.

The Chilean Bravo said the result was bitter.

“We weren’t aggressive all 90 minutes,” he said. “But in the end we held them well.”

Uruguay will play its third match of the tournament on Thursday against Bolivia. Chile will have their last game in the group stage against Paraguay.

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