Uruguay thrashed Chile 3-0 in their debut in the South American U-20 tournament that takes place in Colombia, thanks to an overwhelming first half, in which they dominated their rival and made it difficult for them to qualify for the Hexagonal Final.
Captain Fabricio Díaz (4′), Luciano Rodríguez (7′) and Damián García (39′) scored the goals for Marcelo Broli’s Celeste, who had had a free date on the first day. Patricio Ormazábal’s La Rojita, who had opened with a draw against Ecuador, tried to react, but lacked depth and hardly worried goalkeeper Randall Rodríguez.
From the beginning of the game, the Charrúas were aggressive, they came out to press with great intensity in the high block and constantly looked for a direct game that led them, in a few touches, to the Chilean goal on several occasions.
After a minute he recovered the first and tried with a high shot from Álvaro Rodríguez. On the next play, Franco González tried the same route and was just blocked. At 3′ it was 1-0 with a great shot from outside by Fabricio Díaz that hit the post.
It was the opening of the scoring for a team that had come out determined, but that did not stop there. Another deflected attempt by Cepillo González anticipated what would come at 7′, when, after a winger, Álvaro Rordíguez pivoted into the area and Luciano Rodríguez took a superb shot that went into the angle for the 2-0 score.
Everything was from La Celeste, and through that intensity and that pressure the third came. Damián García recovered at the start of Chile and broke free, Luciano Rodríguez set him up and the brand midfielder stepped into the rival area to finish cross and put the ball against the post for 3-0.
Those devastating 45 minutes reached Uruguay, which managed energy in the complement. In that second half, La Rojita started better, but could not disturb a team well withdrawn and willing to play on the counterattack.
Now, Chile is getting ready to risk its life against its Bolivian counterpart next Tuesday at 9:30 p.m., since if it does not achieve a favorable result it would be practically eliminated from the contest. Uruguay, for its part, will face Venezuela on the same day, at 7:00 p.m., which they lost to Bolivia in their debut.
Vincent Reyes; Maicol Leon [C], Matthias Vasquez, Thomas Aviles (Sebastian Pino, 79′), Yahir Salazar; Cristóbal Castile, Jeison Fuentealba (Joan Cruz, 45′), Martin Maturana, Dario Osorio (Lucas Assadi, 45′), Gabriel Norambuena (Paolo Guajardo, 45′), Vicente Conelli (Diego Ossa, 61′). (DT: Patrick Ormazabal)
Randall Rodriguez, Matthew Ponte, Sebastian Boselli, Facundo Gonzalez, Matthias De Ritis; Fabricio Diaz [C] (Rodrigo Chagas, 85′), Sergio Garcia (Ignacio Sosa, 68′), Franco Gonzalez (Anderson Duarte, 85′); Luciano Rodriguez, Alvaro Rodriguez (Juan Cruz de los Santos, 63′), Renzo Sanchez (Matías Abaldo, 68′). (DT: Marcelo Broli)
Referee: Braulio Machado (Brazil)
Estadio Estadio Deportivo Cali, Cali