A first-half goal from Guido Rodriguez gave Argentina a 1-0 win over Uruguay in a Copa America clash on Friday.
Uruguay hadn’t beaten Argentina in the Copa America since 1989 and they quickly bowed to Rodriguez’s head.
The Real Betis midfielder received a starting place for the first time since June 2019 and he justified the decision by converting a Lionel Messi cross after 10 minutes.
The goal gave Argentina all three points and doomed their neighbors to a losing start to the Copa America.
The result of a game both from start to finish but without any real excitement in an empty and cavernous stadium in Brasilia leaves Uruguay co-founder of Group A without any points, alongside Bolivia, who have played two. and lost two.
Argentina are in first place with four points alongside Chile, who beat Bolivia 1-0 earlier on Friday. Paraguay have three points in one game.
Forward Edinson Cavani was back for Uruguay after missing the last two games with a suspension and he produced one of the few memorable moments for his team when he had the misfortune of seeing a great cry for a penalty move away in 26 minutes.
It was indicative of Uruguay’s miserable night that although they had a bit more possession, they never managed to shoot on goal the entire game.
At the other end, Messi caused problems for Uruguay with his labyrinthine runs in the final third, but he was often ousted by Uruguayan defenders.
The result extended Argentina’s unbeaten streak to 15 games since losing in the semi-finals of the last Copa America in 2019.
Their next game will be against Paraguay on Monday, while Uruguay face Chile on the same day.
Brereton the hero for Chile
A goal on his full debut from England-born striker Ben Brereton gave Chile a 1-0 victory over Bolivia in their Copa America clash earlier on Friday.
The Blackburn Rovers man made his debut for his mother’s country of birth following Monday’s 1-1 draw against Argentina, and it had an immediate impact on his first start at Cuiaba.
The great striker gave Chile a perfect start after 10 minutes when he ended a counterattack and coldly hit the ball from 15 yards.
Brereton also forced Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe to make two more good first-half saves and was a handful for the Bolivian defense before being substituted in the 83rd minute.