Rodriguez`s goal helps Argentina beat Uruguay
Published: 12:12 PM, 19 June 2021
A goal from Guido Rodriguez gave Argentina a 1-0 victory over Uruguay in their Copa America Group B match on Friday night.
With the win against their eternal rivals, Argentina have broken their run of three consecutive draws.
Argentina went ahead in the 13th minute in the first half when a cross into the penalty area by Lionel Messi found Rodriguez who headed the ball onto the post and into the net.
Rodriguez, who was not even supposed to be starting for Argentina, replaced Leandro Paredes in the eleven and showed his worth.
Lionel Scaloni made two changes early in the second half. Joaquin Correa came on for Lautaro Martinez, who once more looked out of form. The second change was Exequiel Palacios for Gio Lo Celso. The team kept their shape and kept Uruguay at bay with Uruguay getting close to scoring once, as a cross was sent into the penalty area but it missed everyone.
Angel Di Maria was brought in for Nicolas Gonzalez who put in a solid effort, making runs and attacking the Uruguayan back line. Lionel Messi had the ball inside the penalty area a few times but his efforts were blocked.
The final change was German Pezzella for Rodrigo De Paul as Argentina held on to the 1-0 win.
It was a solid showing by Lionel Scaloni’s team as Uruguay had zero shots on target and three efforts off target.
The win over Uruguay extended Argentina's unbeaten run to 15 games since they lost in the semifinal of the last Copa America in 2019.
Their next game is against Paraguay on Monday, while Uruguay take on Chile the same day.
The result leaves Argentina, joint group leaders with Chile, with both teams securing four points from their first two matches of the tournament. Uruguay are fourth, having played only one match so far.