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Cavani pounces against Chile to give Uruguay top spot

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Cavani pounces against Chile to give Uruguay top spot
Soccer Football - Copa America Brazil 2019 - Group C - Chile v Uruguay - Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - June 24, 2019 Uruguay's Edinson Cavani scores their first goal REUTERS/Pilar Olivares   -   Copyright  PILAR OLIVARES(Reuters)
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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A late header from Edinson Cavani gave Uruguay a 1-0 win over Copa America holders Chile on Monday which saw them snatch top spot in Group C at their opponents’ expense and set up a quarter-final meeting with Peru.

The striker glanced a cross from Jonathan Rodriguez into the net in the 82nd minute to break the deadlock in a finely balanced game played with a fierce competitive edge even though both teams had already sealed their place in the last eight.

Uruguay finished top of Group C with seven points, with Chile coming second on six and having to settle for a more challenging last-eight fixture with Colombia, who are the only side to have won all their three games in the tournament.

Japan came third with two points after drawing 1-1 with Ecuador, a result which condemned both sides and saw Paraguay of Group B sneak into the quarter-finals as the second-best ranked side to finish third despite only picking up two points.

(Reporting by Richard Martin; Editing by Ian Ransom)

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