A goalless first half drew some criticism from viewers who are exasperated with the lack of goals in Copa America, but Uruguay and Chile weren't boring in the first half. They just couldn't turn chances into goals, but just eight minutes into the second half Uruguay has. Alvaro Pereira put away a cross into an open net in the 53rd minute and now Uruguay are ahead 1-0 in this crucial Copa America Group C contest.
Uruguay had been the better team in the first half, but didn't have the goal to show for it. They came out firing in the second half and it paid off when they caught the Chile defense scrambling. A low cross from the left found Pereira standing in the center unmarked. The Chile defense was nowhere near him and couldn't do anything but watch as Pereira turned and shot for the first goal of the match.