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Uruguay 1-1 Paraguay: Draw sees both sides through to Copa America quarterfinals

Chile Soccer Copa America Uruguay Paraguay

Jose Gimenez, Uruguay


The 2015 Copa America quarterfinal round will include both Paraguay and Uruguay as second- (likely) and third-place finishers in Group B, respectively, when it kicks off this Wednesday.

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Thanks to the two sides’ 1-1 draw in their final game of the group stage, Paraguay can finish no lower than second in the group (Argentina face last-place Jamaica later on Saturday and a win would secure top spot in the group), while Uruguay can finish no lower than second among the three third-place finishers during the group stage.

Jose Gimenez put Uruguay into the lead with just under half an hour on the clock, when the 20-year-old Atletico Madrid center back rose above the crowd and headed home Carlos Sanchez’s corner kick in the 29th minute.

.@AUFseleccion goes up 1-0 with a powerful header by Jose Gimenez. #beINCopaAmerica

— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) June 20, 2015

Set pieces giveth, and set pieces taketh away — that’s what Uruguay learned less than 15 minutes later, when Lucas Barrios equalized for Paraguay through a powerful header of his own, sending Edgar Benitez’s corner kick into the back of the net.

The @Albirroja equalize thanks to @LucasBarrios_. Again from a corner. 1-1. #beINCopaAmerica

— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) June 20, 2015

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If Paraguay finish second in Group B, a quarterfinal date with the winners of Group C (perhaps Colombia or Brazil?) looms on the horizon, while Uruguay would face Chile if Argentina finish atop Group B, no matter whether they finish first or second among third-place finishers.

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