Uruguay wins Copa America handedly, 3-0 over Paraguay

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In a world cup that has been marked by stories of the best teams going out early, Argentina and Brazil, and the giant-killers left playing it out for the final, Uruguay and Paraguay, Uruguay has something different to say about their win tonight: They’re the best soccer team in the world.

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Copa America: Uruguay defeats Peru, moves to final game

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In the waning moments of the South American biannual soccer tournament it was clear that with a 2-0 win over Peru Uruguay, often called a giant-killer or surprise, announced themselves as one of the premier soccer clubs in the world.

Both goals in the game were scored by Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez. His first came in the 52 minute, and the next only five minutes later, in the 57 minute.

He did not stick around long for interviews after the game.

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Copa America: Uruguay upsets favorites Argentina on penality kicks, 5-4

Argentina is out of the Copa America after losing to Uruguay Saturday, 5-4 on penalty kicks. The regular game saw a 1-1 tie, with several penalties throughout.

Carlos Tevez, a forward for Argentina, was the only player to miss a penalty kick in the final moments of the game. His shot was low and to the left of the goal, but was blocked by Fernando Muslera, Uruguay’s goalkeeper.

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Uruguay to Face the Netherlands in Semifinals sans Luis Suarez and Others

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Heading into Tuesday’s semifinal match, The South American Cinderellas (Uruguay) will be without their co-leading goal-scorer, forward Luis Suarez. He was given a red card in extra-time against Ghana for his handball, which prevented a possible game-winning goal (watch here).

Once again, we are all forced to listen to the same song; referees and FIFA’s rules costing countries opportunities. “Awarding” Ghana with a penalty kick after their should-have-been-goal is like having a basketball team shoot free-throws after a goal-tending violation. The right call would have been to award Ghana with the goal.

By: Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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2010 World Cup Preview: Group A

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Aside from Group G (the “group of death”), Group A may prove to be the toughest all-around group from top to bottom. France is favored to win the group but will have their hands full with the host country South Africa and two battle-tested squads in Mexico and Uruguay. In this article, we make our World Cup Odds, World Cup Futures Odds, and make our World Cup Soccer Picks

Game to watch: Watch all of them! But, if you had to pick one game to watch, it would have to be the first game between South Africa and Mexico. Mexico got the short end of the stick having to play the host country first. The annoying horns will be blowing and the crowd will look like the stage of the Lion King musical with everyone decked out in yellow and green. Mexico will be favored in this match, but with the fans on their side South Africa may be able to start off the World Cup with a bang.

by Justin Mertes-Mistretta

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