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Juego Bonito: Chile show the way in Copa Group C

Find out which Premiership striker was on the mark in last night’s Copa America action …

Chile's Gonzalo Jara celebrates with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
Chile's Gonzalo Jara celebrates with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.
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Group C: Uruguay 1-1 Peru

LUIS SUAREZ’S 18TH international goal earned Uruguay a point in San Juan last night as Oscar Tabarez’s side opened their Copa America campaign with an entertaining 1-1 draw against Peru.

The Liverpool striker pounced with the final touch of the first half, keeping a cool head to slide Nicolás Lodeiro’s neat through-ball past Raul Fernandez in the Peruvian goal.

Hamburg’s Paolo Guerrero had beaten the offside trap to give la Blanquirroja the lead on 24 minutes before Suarez’s equaliser brought a close to one of the more exciting halves of the tournament so far.

The best opportunity to seal all three points fell to Diego Forlan in the second half, but the Atletico Madrid striker side-footed high and wide when clean through in the 69th minute.

Group C: Chile 2-1 Mexico

Under the stewardship of new boss Claudio Borghi, Chile pulled off a dramatic second-half comeback in last night’s other Group C game in San Juan, scoring twice in the space of six minutes to beat Mexico 2-1.

With Barcelona target Alexis Sanchez to the fore, Chile started positively and dominated the early exchanges before falling behind against to run of play four minutes before the break.

Mexico’s 19-year-old defender Nestor Arujo was the quickest to react to a loose ball in the Chilean area, looping his header over the despairing stretch of keeper Claudio Bravo in the 41st minute.

Striker Esteban Paredes entered the action on the hour mark as a substitute and within six minutes had drawn his side level, poking the ball home from a yard out.

That goal gave Chile the encouragement to push on in search of victory and they got their reward when Arturo Vidal headed home in the 73rd minute to send them to the top of Group C.

The tournament resumes when Argentina take on Colombia on Thursday morning (01.45 BST).

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