SAO PAULO (AP) — Uruguay beat Bolivia 2-0 on Thursday to secure its spot in the Copa America knockout stage. It was the first victory for the Uruguayans after three matches in the tournament.
Bolivia, which could have jumped ahead of Uruguay on the table, now has a slim chance of advancing.
Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe, one of the best players of the match, opened the scoring with an own goal in the 40th minute.
Edinson Cavani doubled the Uruguayan lead from short range in the 79th minute at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. It was the veteran striker’s first goal for Uruguay since November.
Argentina leads Group A with seven points, followed by Chile with five. Uruguay has four, Paraguay three and Bolivia none.
Uruguay will end its group stage campaign on Monday against Paraguay in a match that could decide which team faces defending champions and favorites Brazil in the quarterfinals.
“We have to think about winning, not about choosing rivals,” Uruguay midfielder Giorgian de Arrascaeta said. “We created a lot of opportunities, we missed some that were very clear, but this gives us confidence. We never stopped believing in this squad.”
Bolivia will play against Argentina on the same day, needing a win against Lionel Messi’s team and a Paraguayan defeat to have any chance of going through.
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