Argentina won the inaugural soccer title 1-0 against Uruguay

Brasilia: Guido Rodríguez’s goal in the first half in 11 international appearances helped Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0.

Uruguay has not defeated Argentina in the Copa América since 1989, following Rodríguez’s title.

The Real Betis midfielder started for his country for the first time since June 2019, and justified that decision when he converted a Lionel Messi cross 10 minutes later.

The goal gave Argentina three points and its neighbors condemned the loss of their Cup campaign.

“We deserve to win,” said Argentine midfielder Rodrigo de Paul. “Today we tried to be very perfect and it was very difficult to score against. We have terrible players who can score goals at any point in the game. “

As a result of a match that lacked true enthusiasm from final to final in an empty stadium in Brasilia, Uruguay in Group A was left without points, with Bolivia playing two and losing two.

Argentina advanced to joint first place with four points after beating Chile 1-0 on Friday. Paraguay has three points in one game.

Forward Edinson Cavani returned to Uruguay after missing the last two games with a suspension, and 26 minutes later he saw a loud cry for a penalty and produced one of the few memorable moments for his team.

It was a sign of Uruguay’s unhappy night, despite having a bit more possession, he never scored the entire match.

On the other hand, Messi has been causing problems for Uruguay with his tiny drops in the last three, but has often been left out of the crowd by Uruguayan defenders.

The result extended Argentina’s unbeaten streak to 15 games since its last loss in the Copa América semifinals in 2019.

They lost three straight draws and increased a team’s confidence, with their best rival Brazil scoring freely and the most number of favorites to win the Copa América match at home for the second time in a row.

“We were a bit unlucky to win (recently),” substitute Ángel Di María said in the second half for Argentina. “We were able to do it today against a direct competitor who has always been a rival of the Copa América.”

“The best team in Brazil (so far),” he said. “We are taking it step by step. The dream is alive. We look forward to making it happen. Argentina has always been a candidate (for the title) but Brazil is at home and doing things well ”.

Argentina’s next game is against Paraguay on Monday, while Uruguay faces Chile.

(Reporting by Andrew Downey; Editing by William Mallard, Sri Navaratnam and Raju Gopalakrishnan)