Arturo Vidal own goal ended a scoring drought for Uruguay before it reached the fifth-game mark as the midfielder’s 66th-minute gaffe helped Uruguay finish with a 1-1 draw against Chile at the Copa America on Monday, the team’s first point of the tournament. The result allows Chile to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament and keeps the Uruguayans in contention in Group A.
Chile’s Eduardo Vargas opened the scoring in the 26th with a powerful crossed shot from the right, and Vidal put the ball into his own net to help Uruguay equalise.
Chile led Group A with five points. Argentina had four points ahead of its game against Paraguay later Monday. Paraguay had three points, Uruguay had one and Bolivia had zero.
Uruguay tried to be aggressive at the start after four matches without scoring, a stretch including Copa America and World Cup qualifying competition. Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo made two difficult saves in the first 10 minutes, both to shots taken by Giorgian de Arrascaeta.
And then Chile scored. Vargas had a one-two with Ben Brereton on the right flank, entered the penalty box and shot with little angle past goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
Uruguay once again struggled to give opportunities to Suarez and Edinson Cavani, so coach scar Tabrez sent on midfielder Nahitan Nandez and striker Facundo Torres after the break.
Torres took a corner that deflected off Matas Vecino’s head so Suarez could reach it. The striker and Chile’s Arturo Vidal stretched to reach the ball and the latter turned it into his own net.
Chile was down to 10 men in the 85th when Erick Pulgar was injured, after coach Martin Lasarte had already made all his substitutions. But Uruguay was unable to capitalize.
After the match, Suarez said he was happy with the teamwork at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. “We are happy with our teamwork today, but we know we have a lot to improve," he said.
Chile’s Bravo said the result was bittersweet. “We were not aggressive all the 90 minutes, he said. But we held them well in the end.”
Uruguay will play its third match of the tournament on Thursday against Bolivia. Chile will have its last group-stage game against Paraguay.
(With AP inputs)