With goals from Vargas and Suárez, Chile draw against Uruguay in Cuiabá


Two prolific strikers showed showed their quality on Monday’s Group A clash between Chile and Uruguay. Vargas opened the scoring for Chile before Suárez equalized for Uruguay to ensure the points were shared.

Chile are now unbeaten in 3 games with 5 points which puts them on route for progression while Uruguay secured their first point after 2 games.

Uruguay failed to get a target on goal in the previous game against Argentina but started with intent, testing Bravo 3 times in the opening 10 minutes. De Arrascaeta made his first start of the tournament and had two efforts on goal before Cavani had a good headed chance.

Despite early Argentine presure it was Chile who opened the scoring with a lightening quick counter. On 26 minutes Vargas fired an excellent finish from a tight angle following a sharp exchange of passing with the English born Ben Brereton.

It was the 14th goal from the Atlético Mineiro forward at the CONMEBOL Copa América which takes him just three short of the all-time record holders; Argentina Norberto Méndez and Brazilian Zizinho.

In the second half the pace slowed but Brereton again created a moment of danger with a powerful shot that drifted high and wide of the goal. Shortly after young forward Facundo Torres had a powerful effort from the edge of the area which was denied by a strong Bravo hand.

Torres took the resulting corner which was headed on by Vecino for Suárez to score a classic poaches effort from close range.

Uruguay return to action at 6 pm on Thursday (Brasilia time), against Bolivia, at Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá. Chile next play against Paraguay at 9 pm on Thursday at the Mané Garrincha Stadium in Brasília in their final game of the group stage.