Argentina endured a frustrating start to their Copa America campaign on Monday night, drawing first blood against Chile in Rio de Janeiro through an individual moment of brilliance from who else but Lionel Messi? However, Lionel Scaloni’s men were pegged back after the break through Eduardo Vargas.
Messi caressed a sumptuous free-kick past Claudio Bravo on the half-hour mark, but a reckless challenge from Nicolas Tagliafico was picked up by VAR and Vargas netted the rebound after Emiliano Martinez saved Arturo Vidal’s initial spot-kick, resulting in a 1-1 curtain-raiser.
Attention now turns to Uruguay under the evergreen coach Oscar Tabarez, who has been at the helm since 2006. La Celeste are yet to play a game in Copa America given the odd number of nations in Group B, so they will look to kickstart their tournament with a result against one of the favourites.
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Argentina vs Uruguay: Match Stats
This has been a slightly one-sided fixture over the years. Across the previous 20 international meetings in all competitions, Uruguay have picked up just three wins, one of which came in the 2011 Copa America. But, Tabarez has a squad replete with quality, particularly in the attacking area, with the nation boasting Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Maxi Gomez. However, they enter Euro 2020 having fired a blank in their two World Cup qualifiers this month (0-0 vs Paraguay and 0-0 vs Venezuela). Argentina had no such issues finding the back of the net earlier this month. In fact, they last fired a blank 13 matches ago.
Argentina vs Uruguay: Corner Stats
Against Chile on Monday night, Argentina racked up seven corners, and that was the continuation of a recent trend in La Albiceleste matches. Since autumn’s international break, Scaloni’s men have averaged around six corners per match. In that same timeframe, Uruguay have mustered just 3.5 corners per game, only registering one apiece against Colombia and Ecuador in autumn’s World Cup qualifiers.
Argentina vs Uruguay: Cards Stats
As for yellows Argentina have accumulated 19 since autumn at 2.7 per match, including two in their opener against Chile earlier this week. Uruguay meanwhile have been on the naughty step less frequently than Argentina, averaging exactly two per match, though Cavani did pick up a straight red in November’s World Cup-qualifying defeat to Brazil for his reckless challenge on Richarlison.
Argentina vs Uruguay: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Argentina 2-2 Uruguay
Argentina vs Uruguay: Odds
Argentina vs Uruguay: Head to Head
18 Nov 2019 – Argentina 2-2 Uruguay – International friendly
01 Sep 2017 – Uruguay 0-0 Argentina – World Cup Qualifying
02 Sep 2016 – Argentina 1-0 Uruguay – World Cup Qualifying
17 Jun 2015 – Argentina 1-0 Uruguay – Copa America
16 Oct 2013 – Uruguay 3-2 Argentina – World Cup Qualifying
It’s been nearly two years since these nations last met, and four in a competitive setting. Both those results ended in stalemates, with the sides playing out a 2-2 draw in a 2019 friendly in Tel Aviv. Cavani and Suarez were both on the scoresheet for Uruguay, while Messi netted a last-minute penalty to rescue the draw, with Sergio Aguero the other scorer on the night.