Copa America Monday: Uruguay defeats defending champ Chile 1-0, will face Peru in quarterfinal – Japan and Ecuador eliminated
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Uruguay beat Copa America defending champions Chile 1-0 on Monday to claim the top spot of Group C.
Edinson Cavani's 82nd minute goal moved Uruguay to seven points and above Chile, which remained with six.
Uruguay will face Peru in the quarterfinals on Saturday, while Chile will play in Sao Paulo against Colombia which has won all three of its matches and is yet to concede a goal in the tournament.
Ecuador and Japan drew 1-1 in the other match of Group C, a result which eliminated both from the tournament.
Cavani scored with a header to the right of Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias when more than 58,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro were already accepting a goalless result.
It was the striker's second goal in this year's Copa America.
By DÉBORA REY Associated Press
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Ecuador and Japan were eliminated from the Copa America after a 1-1 draw on Monday, giving Paraguay a spot in the quarterfinals of the South American competition.
Paraguay could only cheer after losing to Colombia in Group B on Sunday, but it got the result it needed to advance as one of the top two third-place finishers.
Uruguay won Group C after beating second-place Chile 1-0 in Rio de Janeiro on Monday. Uruguay ended with seven points, one more than the two-time defending champion Chile. Japan finished with two points and Ecuador with one.
The top two nations in each of the three groups advanced, along with the two best third-place finishers.
The quarterfinals will feature Brazil-Paraguay, Venezuela-Argentina, Colombia-Chile and Uruguay-Peru.