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Copa America: Uruguay ease past Panama

Uruguay, who have won the Copa America a joint record 15 times, were rewarded for their blistering early pace when Araujo fired home a sublime curling effort from the edge of the area in the 16th minute

Reuters Florida Published 25.06.24, 11:19 AM
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Maximilian Araujo, Darwin Nunez and Matias Vina scored as Uruguay beat Panama 3-1 in their Copa America Group C match in Florida on Sunday.

Uruguay, who have won the Copa America a joint record 15 times, were rewarded for their blistering early pace when Araujo fired home a sublime curling effort from the edge of the area in the 16th minute.

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Panama grew into the match after the break and wasted several chances to get themselves back into the contest before Nunez settled Uruguay’s nerves in the 85th minute with a coolly-taken volley into the bottom corner.

In a frenetic spell during stoppage time, Vina rose highest to head home Uruguay’s third from a set-piece before Michael Amir Murillo netted a consolation goal for Panama.

Pulisic on target

Christian Pulisic’s third-minute goal set the stage for a convincing 2-0 victory for USA over Bolivia in their opening Group C match.

Folarin Balogun, with an assist from Pulisic, added another goal to the tally just before the half-time whistle, ensuring the 11th-ranked USA lived up to expectations against the tournament’s lowest-ranked team.

The USA adopted an aggressive strategy from the start against Bolivia, who have just one win in their last 31 Copa America matches.

A missed opportunity by Balogun was soon forgotten when Pulisic scored a spectacular goal from the edge of the box.

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