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Uruguay 1-0 Paraguay: Edinson Cavani scores penalty to set up Copa America quarter-final tie

Uruguay 1-0 Paraguay: Luis Suarez and Co secure Copa America quarter-final clash against Colombia after Edinson Cavani netted first-half penalty to down stubborn neighbours

  • Edinson Cavani’s cool penalty saw Uruguay beat Paraguay at the Copa America 
  • Uruguay largely dominated but struggled to create clear chances in the clash 
  • Nahitan Nandez was bundled over in the box early on, and Cavani slotted home 
  • The victory will see Uruguay take on Colombia next in their quarter-final fixture

An Edinson Cavani penalty sealed an easy 1-0 win for Uruguay against neighbours Paraguay at the Copa America on Monday, setting up a quarter-final tie against Colombia.

Despite the narrow scoreline it was a dominant performance from Uruguay, who had the vast majority of chances but struggled to break down Paraguay’s stubborn defence.

Uruguay were also lacking a bit of quality in front of goal and had to rely on Cavani’s 21st minute spot kick for the win.

Edinson Cavani tucked in a first-half penalty as Uruguay beat Paraguay at the Copa America

Manchester United ace Cavani was on target from the spot on 21 minutes to secure the victory

Manchester United ace Cavani was on target from the spot on 21 minutes to secure the victory

The best early chances fell to Giorgian de Arrascaeta, before Nahitan Nandez was bundled over in the box for an 18th minute penalty, dispatched by Cavani.

The Manchester United striker made way for Luis Suarez in the 68th minute, but the Atletico Madrid forward was also frustrated in front of goal.

With a narrow lead, Uruguay conceded a late free kick near their goal that gave Paraguay hope of a late draw but the effort came to nothing.

Group A winners Argentina, who beat Bolivia 4-1, will face Ecuador in the last eight, while host nation Brazil will take on Chile in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. Paraguay play Peru the same day.

Luis Suarez was brought on in the clash but endured a tough time against a stubborn defence

Luis Suarez was brought on in the clash but endured a tough time against a stubborn defence

Suarez's free-kick in a promising position was fired into the wall, but Uruguay held on to win

Suarez’s free-kick in a promising position was fired into the wall, but Uruguay held on to win

Miguel Almiron was left visibly emotional after being forced off through injury in the first half

Miguel Almiron was left visibly emotional after being forced off through injury in the first half

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