Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Copa America Day 1

A 39 year old making his tournament debut, a disputed disallowed goal and Gerry Armstrong pretending to have an intimate knowledge of the Peruvian center-back who scored the first goal. And that was just the opening 45 minutes!

The Copa America got off to a great start yesterday, with no fewer than seven goals spread between the two opening matches.

Peru caused an early upset by defeating Uruguay 3-0 in the opening match. Miguel Villata opened the scoring with a first half header, with substitute Juan Marino, and Jose Guerrero adding two goals after half time to seal a famous victory for Julio Cesar Uribe's side.

Hosts Venezuela opened their campaign with a 2-2 draw with Bolivia. They led twice, through Giancarlo Maldonado and Ricardo Paez, but were unable to hold onto their lead on both occasions thanks to a Alejandro Cichero own goal and an 84th minute equaliser from Jean Carlos Arce for the Bolivians.

The results make Group A an interesting proposition going into the second round of games, with group favourites Uruguay needing to improve dramatically if they are to reach the knock out stages.

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