Cavani: Uruguay ready to fight for Copa America glory

Luis Suarez

Nicolas Lodeiro gave them an early lead before Jose Quinteros was sent off, and Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez scored before the break to capitalise on the numerical advantage.

Brazilian referee Anderson Daronco initially showed Quintero a yellow card but, after consulting VAR, he changed that to red.

In the 32nd minute of the game, Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani made a close range volley to double the gap, 2-0.

"Football always carries its surprises, we must be ready for everything".

The fourth came in calamitous fashion as Gaston Pereiro tried to pick out Suarez from Cavani's cross even though he was only six yards from goal. The goal also had to be confirmed by video review. He was in charge of the qualifying match between Uruguay and Venezuela for Russian Federation 2018 (which finished 0-0) and also the qualifying match between Ecuador and Argentina in Quito, which finished 1-3.

Ecuador's Colombian coach Hernan Gomez felt that the result was not a fair reflection of the game, but admitted that their opponents were the better side.

"The important thing was that the team won and now we'll prepare for the next match", against Japan on Thursday, said Suarez, who notched his 57th goal for Uruguay.

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Uruguay is the Copa America's most successful team with 15 titles, one more than Argentina.

Ecuador made it to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America.

Uruguay will take on Ecuador for both teams' opening match in Group C of Copa America in Brazil on Sunday, June 16.

Uruguay leads Group C with three points and Ecuador has zero.

Uruguay were desperate to put on a show after failing to make it past the group stages in the last edition in America.

Uruguay will face Japan in Porto Alegre in their next match on Friday, before facing off against defending champions Chile four days later.

Uruguay got their Copa America campaign off to a flying start after thumping Ecuador 4-0 at the Estádio Governador Magalhães Pinto.

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