Copa America 2021: Chile struggles past Bolivia, Argentina gets better of Uruguay
The 2021 Copa America is done with its Matchday 4 commitments. With a couple of matches being held, the top draw was the all-important clash between Argentina and Uruguay, while Chile faced off against Bolivia as we present the round-up.
The Copa America 2021 is getting intense with each passing matchday, as we are through with the Matchday 4 commitments. With a couple of matches being held, it was one of the matches that were a top-tier clash and had eyeball all around the globe, as we present the round-up of it all.
Chile survives Bolivian challenge
What was expected to be an easy ride for Chile did not turn out so against Bolivia at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. Although Chile was ahead within ten minutes of the opening half, thanks to Ben Brereton's sole strike following an assist from Eduardo Vargas, it became a tedious task to hold on to the lead thereon.
While Chile maintained the lead thereon, Bolivia's defence grew surprisingly strong, as the Chileans failed to budge past it. Nevertheless, it hardly mattered as the Bolivians could not produce enough promising attacks, this handing Chile a slender win.
Stat: Carlos Lampe of Bolivia made ten saves during the game, which happens to be the most by a goalkeeper in a Copa game since 2007.
Argentina gets the better of Uruguay
In the most anticipated clash of the matchday, Argentina was up against powerhouse Uruguay at the Estádio Nacional de Brasília. The match was off to an intense start, with only a couple of promising attacks being produced and it all came from Argentina. Nonetheless, in the 13th minute, Guido Rodriguez fired Argentina ahead following a swift assist from the legendary Lionel Messi, as it went in with the lead at half-time.
The second half saw only a promising chance from Uruguay, only to be brilliantly blocked by Emiliano Martinez. However, despite Uruguay's dominance, the Argentine defence was too strong to deny it, as the side earned its opening win of the tournament.
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