Copa America: Argentina edge out Uruguay

Aguero's header takes his side joint top of the group ahead of final round match.

    Aguero's strike put Argentina level on points at the top of the group [AP]
    Aguero's strike put Argentina level on points at the top of the group [AP]

    Sergio Aguero's superb diving header gave Argentina a 1-0 victory over River Plate rivals Uruguay at the Copa America.

    Aguero met a 56th-minute cross from his Manchester City teammate Pablo Zabaleta and buried an unstoppable effort past Uruguayan goal-keeper Fernando Muslera at his front post.

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    Argentina coach Gerardo Martino was banished to the stands for arguing with the match officials after just half an hour of a stormy encounter which frequently threatened to boil over.

    The result left Argentina and Paraguay level at the top of Group B with four points each, ahead of Uruguay on three.

    Earlier, a blunder by Jamaica goal-keeper Duwayne Kerr gifted Paraguay a 1-0 win.

    Midfielder Victor Caceres played a long ball out of the Paraguay half for Edgar Benitez to chase and Kerr's attempt at a clearing header bounced straight off the striker's thigh and into the net in the 35th minute.

    Jamaica, in the tournament for the first time as a guest team and warming up for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States starting on July 7, have no points after they also lost their first game 1-0 to Uruguay.

    It was Paraguay's first win in 10 Copa America matches. They reached the 2011 final with five consecutive draws including two penalty shootout wins.


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    Argentina face Jamaica in their final group match in Vina del Mar on Saturday while defending champions Uruguay stay in La Serena to take on Paraguay in a repeat of the last Copa America final in 2011.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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