Bolivia vs Uruguay

Match Report: A wasteful Uruguay side defeated the unfancied Bolivians 2-0 in the group stage of Copa America 2021, Qualification is all but secure for Tabarez's men

Bolivia took on in a Copa America 2021 group stage match. Uruguay came out as comfortable winners as their star power was too much to handle for the minnows Bolivia. Arena Pantanal was the venue for the 3rd match of the group stages for both the teams.

Uruguay went ahead in the 40th minute against Bolivia due to an own goal by Carlos Lampe.Possession was dominated by Uruguay throughout the game as Bolivia struggled to contain them.

 

The men from Bolivia really struggled to hold the ball and string some passes together in the defensive third of Uruguay.

 

Even though Uruguay dominated the ball their play in the defensive third of Bolivia was slightly sluggish in the first half as they should have been two up by the end of the half.

 

In the second half the relentless pressure by Uruguay continued as Bolivia could hardly muster up an attack that would seriously threaten Muslera’s goal.

Finally in the 73rd minute after an excellent cross from Facundo Torres into ’s path in Bolivia’s box yielded the second goal for Uruguay and put the game to bed.

Uruguay knocked the ball around well after that with swiftness as they did manage to carve open Bolivia but were not able to capitalize and extend their lead further.

 

The game ended 2-0 in Uruguay’s favour. Here are some of the main takeaways from the match.

URUGUAY NEED TO BE MORE CLINICAL

 

Edinson Cavani and both showed that they are still young at heart. Their constant movement and understanding cause havoc for Bolivia in the game.

 

Their movement saw them carve out excellent opportunities for themselves but were not able to execute the finishes. Surely a younger and physically fitter version of themselves would have put them away with ease.

Even though Cavani and Suarez’s movement made Uruguay’s first goal  he should have opened the scoring in the 22nd minute of the match as he failed to shoot in time into an almost empty goal.

Uruguay should have won the game 4-0 in fact as Maxi Gomez missed a gilt edge chance in the dying embers of the game but failed to convert.

Perhaps the over reliance on two of their most prolific strikers in history was slightly apparent. Tabarez must be slightly irked with all the missed chances though.

As the longest serving manager in international football he would have realized that the missed opportunities can become a major issue against bigger and better teams.

A SILVER LINING FOR BOLIVIA

 

Bolivia are definitely out of , but the return of their national icon Marcelo Martins Moreno was a good sign. The player was banned for the first game and injured for the second . He is an obvious source of inspiration for this Bolivian side. It was great to see him take to pitch for the first time at this year’s tournament.

Although he did not start he did come on in the second half to be the focal point for Bolivia against an extremely resolute defence of Uruguay.

 

NAHITAN NANDEZ A STAR AND FACUNDO TORRES A STAR IN THE MAKING

 

Nahitan Nandez once again showed why he is being linked to move this summer. The midfield dynamo who can play anywhere in midfield has been exceptional for Uruguay throughout the tournament. In this game against Bolivia he was dominating his flank.

He did not let Bolivia push up from his side and kept his full back pinned back in the corner. His work rate genuinely makes him a steal for any club.

 

Facundo Torres, an young attacker has shown a lot of promise in his limited minutes at Copa America. The 21 year old has looked like a serious all round attacking threat.

His superb low cross for Cavani’s goal made it apparent. The youngster surely has a very bright future ahead of him.

 

 

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