Copa America 2021, Uruguay v Chile: La Celeste look to end scoring drought

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La Celeste fell 1-0 to Argentina on Friday in their tournament opener, marking the fourth consecutive game in which Uruguay were unable to find the back of the net dating back to November.

Oscar Tabarez’s side will need more from the seasoned attacking duo of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez, who each played a relatively quiet 90 minutes against their rivals.

Uruguay did not manage to put a shot on goal despite having the majority of the possession, and will need a better effort against a confident Chile side.

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But Tabarez believes his side has time to figure things out in the remaining group-stage matches against Chile, Paraguay and Bolivia.

“Our championship will be played in the next three games, where we aspire to qualify,” said Uruguay’s legendary head coach. “We must do what is necessary to get to the next phase.”

While Uruguay struggle to find their footing, La Roja are joint leaders in the group with Argentina after their 1-0 defeat of Bolivia on Friday on the heels of an opening 1-1 draw against La Albiceleste.

Chile could have had far more against Bolivia, as they put 11 shots on goal, but La Roja have to be pleased with their form under new head coach Martin Lasarte.

The Montevideo-born Lasarte is unbeaten in five matches (2W, 3D) since being appointed in February.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Uruguay – Edinson Cavani

After missing the previous two games through suspension, the 34-year-old believed he had won a penalty in the 27th minute against Argentina before the referee waved off his appeal. Cavani had the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Chile in their 2019 Copa America group-stage meeting.

Chile – Ben Brereton

The England-born striker, whose mother is Chilean, made his international debut in the tournament-opening draw with Argentina and scored in the 10th minute of La Roja’s 1-0 defeat of Bolivia on Friday.

KEY OPTA FACTS

– Uruguay and Chile have not drawn in the last eight official matches they have played: five wins for Uruguay and three for Chile.

– Uruguay have won three of their last four official matches against the Chile (L1). Uruguay have not lost against Chile since November 2016 (1-3).

– Chile have scored in their last nine games in all competitions (W3 D4 L2). The last time La Roja failed to score was in a 0-0 draw against Colombia in a friendly game on October 2019.

– Uruguay will try to record their first shot on target in the competition after failing to register one in their opening fixture against Argentina.

– Chile’s Mauricio Isla is, along with Nicolas Otamendi (Argentina), the leader of the competition in terms of ball interceptions (six each).

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