Copa America Final 2011, Uruguay Vs. Paraguay: Uruguay Dominating With 2-0 Halftime Lead

Footballing justice is being served. Paraguay, who bored everyone into oblivion en route to the Copa America final is getting dominated and that is exactly how it should be. A pounding is what they deserve to take after what they made everyone watch in their five previous Copa America matches and Uruguay is giving them quite the pounding. Uruguay took Paraguay behind the woodshed as soon as the match started and after goals by Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan, they have themselves a 2-0 halftime lead.

It was just two minutes into the match that Uruguay made it clear that they were going to pressure Paraguay all match long. Off of a corner kick, Diego Lugano came flying in with a great header than Justo Villar was barely able to keep from crossing the line. The rebound was quickly put back on goal and looked like it would go in until Nestor Ortigoza handled the ball to keep it out. The referee did not see it though and play went on.

Uruguay continued to dominate and in the 11th minute they finally got their goal. Luis Suarez ran onto a ball over the top of the Paraguay defense and cut back to create space between him and a scrambling defender. His shot from the right side was struck well, but got a bit of help from a deflection before bouncing off the inside of the post and in for a goal. The deflection may have been fortunate, but no one will cry for Paraguay and Uruguay fully deserved to be ahead 1-0.

After the opening tally, the match got ugly. The referee took every chance he had to give a card and both teams gave him plenty of chances with several bad challenges. It looked like the match might stay 1-0 the rest of the way as both teams ignored the ball and started kicking each other.

As halftime drew close, Uruguay stopped with some of the dirty play and began playing football again. Their dominance reasserted, Uruguay even got themselves a second goal. Egidio Arvealo Rios took the ball from an unsuspecting Ortigoza 35 yards from goal and quickly found a streaking Diego Forlan on the left. Forlan ripped his shot past the helpless Villar and Uruguay had themselves a 2-0 lead going into halftime, just 45 minutes away from Copa America glory.

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