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Gritty Uruguay Upsets Brazil on Penalties, Reaches Copa America Semis!

Boom RadioNG | July 7, 2024
Uruguay defeat Brazil at Copa 2024 photo credit; Selección Uruguaya

Uruguay edged out Brazil in a dramatic Copa America quarterfinal, winning 4-2 on penalties after a scoreless draw in Las Vegas. The intense match, characterized by 41 fouls and just four shots on target, culminated in Manuel Ugarte’s decisive goal during the shootout.

Match Highlights: A Physical Battle

Under the tactical guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, Uruguay managed to withstand Brazil’s pressure despite a rough and physical encounter. Nahitan Nández was shown a red card in the 74th minute for a dangerous tackle on Rodrygo, yet Uruguay’s defense held firm, preventing Brazil from capitalizing on their numerical advantage.

Penalty Shootout Decides the Winner

The penalty shootout saw Uruguay take a commanding 3-1 lead after goalkeeper Sergio Rochet stopped Éder Militão and Douglas Luiz hit the post. Although Alisson Becker saved José María Giménez’s shot, Ugarte’s clincher in the fifth round sealed Uruguay’s victory and a spot in the semifinals.

Key Performances and Tactical Insights

Bielsa, known for his inventive coaching style, acknowledged the match lacked aesthetic appeal but emphasized the satisfaction of the win. “We had to work hard to create our opportunities, but that was satisfactory to us,” Bielsa stated. This victory marks Uruguay’s first semifinal appearance since winning the Copa America in 2011 and their first back-to-back wins over Brazil since 1992.

Uruguay defeat Brazil at Copa 2024 photo credit; Selección Uruguaya

Uruguay defeat Brazil at Copa 2024 photo credit; Selección Uruguaya

Brazil’s Struggles Without Key Players

Brazil, missing suspended Real Madrid star Vinícius Júnior and injured Neymar, struggled to find their offensive rhythm. Young talent Endrick, making his first start, couldn’t break through Uruguay’s defense. Brazil exits the tournament despite not trailing in any match.

Looking Ahead: Semifinal Clash

Uruguay will face Colombia in the semifinals on Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. Colombia, unbeaten in 27 consecutive matches, routed Panama 5-0 in their quarterfinal, setting the stage for an exciting semifinal clash. Meanwhile, defending champions Argentina will battle it out against Canada in the other semifinal, with the final taking place on July 14th in Miami Gardens.

Written by Boom RadioNG

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