Uruguay vs. Ecuador - Football Match Report

Ross Houston
June 25, 2019

The 23rd minute sending off put Uruguay firmly in the driving seat and Edinson Cavani with an acrobatic volley and Luis Suarez with a poacher's goal made it 3-0 by half-time. "That allowed us to manage the game", Cavani said.

Uruguay got their Copa America campaign off to a flying start after thumping Ecuador 4-0 at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto.

Referee Anderson Daronca made a major intervention in the match after 24 minutes when he sent off Ecuador's José Quinteros for unsafe play, having elbowed Uruguay's Nicolas Lodeiro, leaving the Seattle Sounders player bleeding on the turf.

Ecuador defender Arturo Mina's own-goal in the second half ensured a comfortable win for Uruguay, who remain one of the tournament favorites.

Cavani, who scored his first Copa goal after 11 matches, added: "We knew they were going to be a very hard opponent". Quintero was initially given a yellow card, but video review determined he deserved a red.

Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring after just six minutes before Ecuador full-back Jose Quintero was dismissed for a flailing arm.

Uruguay pushed on from there, Cavani forcing two fine saves from Ecuador goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, including one onto the post after a delightful flick. Uruguay have quite a tough group to play in, with the current Copa America champions Chile and Japan in the group.

The Celeste's next match in the continental tournament will be against Japan in Porto Alegre on Thursday.

Uruguay heads into this year's contest looking to improve on its record 15 titles. - Ecuador reached the quarter-finals in 2016, its best finish since reaching the same stage in 1997; it advanced from its group alongside Peru, at the expense of Brazil and Haiti, but was ultimately knocked out by host United States.

Uruguay's Matias Vecino, left, and Ecuador's Gabriel Achilier, compete for the ball during a Copa America Group C soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sunday, June 16, 2019.

In control with their three-goal lead, Uruguay were content to simply dictate possession to begin the second half.

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