Venezuela into Copa America quarters as Uruguay bow out

Venezuela into Copa America quarters as Uruguay bow out

Venezuela into Copa America quarters as Uruguay bow out

A first half strike by West Bromwich Albion forward, Jose Salomon Rondon, gave Venezuela a shock 1-0 victory over Uruguay at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The 36th minute goal came after Venezuelan winger, Alejandro Guerra, spotted La Celeste goalie, Fernando Muslera, off his line and hit a 50-yard lob aimed at the goal.

The Galatasaray keeper did try to save the ball but could only tip it onto the crossbar. Rondon took advantage of the rebound and sent it past the Uruguayan custodian to send the Venezuelan fans into an ecstatic moment, as his side went six points from two matches.

How Uruguay could have done with the not-yet-fully-healed hot shot and Barcelona forward, Luis Suarez. Coach Oscar Tabarez Silva could only deploy Paris St. Germain striker Edinson Cavani for his attack, but it did not go according to plan. Even with over 60% ball possession, Uruguay couldn’t get the better of their less illustrious opponents, getting only one shot on target to the Venezuelans’ six.

Cavani did come close for his side in the second half, as an enraged Suarez, who could only watch from the bench and hadn’t been included in the match squad, confronted his manager, as if wondering why he couldn’t play.

Uruguay did come close to conceding a second during the game’s injury time. Muslera, having left his post, was in the opposition box for a corner, when a clearance found Venezuelan substitute, Romulo Otero. Otero, with acres of space, attempted to strike the ball into an empty net, but could only watch it go past the wrong side of the upright.

As it stands, bottom with zero points from two losses, having lost 3-1 to Mexico in the Group C opener, La Chuarras, who are ranked 9th in the world by FIFA, can only get a consolation victory if they beat Caribbean side Jamaica in four days time at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Carlifornia.

Meanwhile Venezuela will face off with fellow quarterfinalists Mexico at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on the same day, to determine the group’s winner.

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