Cavani praises Uruguay’s attitude, mentality in victory

- AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, RIO DE JANEIRO

Jun 26, 2019-

Uruguay demonstrated a winning attitude and mentality in their 1-0 Copa America success over Chile on Monday that gave them top spot in Group ‘C’, match-winner Edinson Cavani said.

Uruguay began the game in second place in their pool behind the reigning champions and facing a dauting potential quarter-final tie with Colombia, the only side to go through the group stage with three wins. But Cavani’s header eight minutes from time from Jonathan Rodriguez’s cross propelled Uruguay above Chile and into, what looks on paper at least, an easier last eight challenge against Peru.

“In some moments we played well, in other moments less well, but always with the (right) attitude and mentality we were able to snatch the game,” said the 32-year-old, who scored his 48th goal for his country. But the Paris Saint-Germain forward insisted thoughts of a potentially easier quarter-final draw played no role in Uruguay’s approach. “We wanted to win the group without knowing what would come next, to show a good image in the group and continue with this attitude,” he said following the match at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium.

Captain Diego Godín said this win “is important for confidence, to rediscover the feelings after Japan” in which they were held to a 2-2 draw. Veteran coach Oscar Tabarez admitted there was little between the two sides. “It was a keenly contested match with few spaces. We managed a little bit better than our opponents,” he said. More so than avoiding Colombia, Tabarez was most pleased that Uruguay will get an extra day of rest ahead of their quarter-final, against a Peru side that has had two extra days to recover from their pool efforts, on Saturday. Chile will face Colombia the day before in Sao Paulo.

Meanwhile, Japan and Ecuador were left heartbroken as their 1-1 draw in Belo Horizonte saw them miss out on the quarter-finals, with Paraguay qualifying instead. Japan and Ecuador faced a must win match in their bid to reach the knockout stages as one of the two best third-placed finishers.

Published: 26-06-2019 09:41

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