BUENOS AIRES - Diego Forlan scored twice
after Luis Suarez's opening goal as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 to
win the Copa America and be crowned South American
champions for a record 15th time.
Suarez, voted player of the tournament, put Uruguay ahead in
the 12th minute of the final at the Monumental when his low,
left-footed shot from the right beat the diving Justo Villar and
went in off the far post.
Forlan, the 2010 World Cup's best player, made it 2-0 three
minutes before half-time when he ran onto a ball from midfielder
Egidio Arevalo Rios and blasted left-footed past Villar from
just inside the box penalty box.
In the last minute, Forlan made sure of the title with his
second goal at the end of a fine counter-attacking move,
steering the ball past Villar and in off the post.
"This squad were very united, they showed that what they did
at the World Cup was no fluke and we showed we're the best in [the] Americas," Suarez told reporters.
"I think Uruguay have achieved many things and needed not to
forget how to win titles."
Uruguay now have one more title than hosts Argentina, whom
they upset on penalties in the quarter-finals, to crown a fine
12 months after their fourth place at the World Cup.
Twice champions Paraguay finished the tournament without a
victory having reached the final with five draws and two penalty
Suarez scored four goals in the tournament, one less than
top scorer Paolo Guerrero whose hat-trick helped Peru beat
Venezuela 4-1 for third place in La Plata on Saturday.
Forlan, who won a Uruguayan record 82nd cap, ended a year
without scoring for his country with his two goals and equalled
the national record of 31 held by Hector Scarone.
Uruguay laid siege to the Paraguay goal from the start,
winning four corners in the opening eight minutes with the
defence clearing one chance following a header from Diego Lugano
which was parried by Villar.
Paraguay created their first chance on the quarter hour when
midfielder Enrique Vera's right cross to the far post was a bit
too long and striker Nelson Haedo Valdez's effort went wide.
Past the half hour, Forlan had his first chance but Villar
saved and minutes later Suarez hit the side-netting from a tight
angle on the right.
Haedo Valdez volleyed Paraguay's best chance onto the bar
from midfielder Nestor Ortigoza's chip forward early in the
Ten minutes later, Paraguay right-back Ivan Piris took a
ball out wide and crossed low with keeper Fernando Muslera
diving at centre-back Paulo da Silva's feet to save.
Then Villar made a good save from midfielder Sebastian
Eguren after taking a pass from fellow substitute Edinson
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