Sunday, February 5, 2023

South American Sub20: Uruguay open with win over Chile

BOGOTA ( Associated Press) — Uruguay beat Chile 3-0 on Sunday in their opening Group B match of the U20 South American Championship, which saw Ecuador beat Bolivia and lead the field after a second day of play.

The “Celeste” were the last team to see action at the tournament in Colombia, but it has been the team that has displayed the best offensive volume among the 10 participants seeking one of the four spots in the World Cup of the category. Which will be played in Indonesia from May to June this year.

In the match played at the Deportivo Cali Stadium, Uruguay got the win back on track on 4 minutes when captain Fabricio Díaz opened the scoring with a powerful shot from the edge of the area.

On 7, Luciano Rodríguez repeated the formula and widened the gap with another unstoppable long-range shot past Chilean goalkeeper Vicente Reyes.

Rodríguez, who will next play the Copa Libertadores with his countryman Liverpool, displayed pace and power on the right wing for the “Charraus”. One of his gallops served to qualify Damian García, who won the decider on 39 minutes.

Chile renewed their offensive line with three changes after the break, but could not produce a result.

“We played very well. We were better in the first half and it was a deserved win. Now some very difficult games are coming and we are going with a savage calmness to this start”, Luciano, the figure of the Uruguayan premier said Rodriguez, who will make his second appearance against Venezuela on Tuesday.

champion on top

In the match that started that day, Ecuador defeated Bolivia 1–0 and remained the sole leader of Group B with four points ahead of Uruguay and the “Greens”, which accumulated three units.

The “Tricolor”, who comes from winning the category title in the last edition played in 2019 and extended their unbeaten record in the youth competition to 11 games, scored the winning goal on minute 79 after Oscar Sosa took a corner kick, which was saved by defender Garis Mina finished with a header at the near post.

Ecuador made changes to their lineup and tried to apply their physical strength against Bolivia who stood in order and tried to avoid defeat until the last moment.

A novelty in the southern team, which drew with Chile on the first date, was the inclusion of attacking midfielder Patrickson Delgado, who plays in the lower ranks of Ajax in the Netherlands.

“It was a tough match, but we were more satisfied because the volume of the game was increasing,” said Jimmy Brann, coach of the Ecuadorian team. Face Chile.

On Monday, the third date of Group A will be played with a great match between Argentina and Brazil, while Paraguay will present an undefeated record against Peru.

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