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Copa America: Venezuela Takes Down Uruguay

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    Uruguay fans in Philadelphia | Photo: Twitter / Seleccion Uruguaya

Published 9 June 2016

Uruguay’s tournament is in disarray after losing to Venezuela.

MATCH SUMMARY: Uruguay vs. Venezuela 0-1

Uruguay is looking at an early exit from the Copa America after going down 1-0 to Venezuela. Uruguay has won the tournament 15 times, but it will be very difficult to advance from the group stage without any points to its name.

For Uruguay to progress, Jamaica will have to defeat Mexico in tonight’s game and then Uruguay must beat Jamaica in its final game.

Venezuela takes on Mexico in its final game of the group stage and is currently sitting on top of Group C, on the verge of advancing.

Venezuela took the lead in the the 36th minute from Salomon Rondon's goal from open play. Uruguay only managed one shot for goal in the first half to Venezuela´s nine.

Romulo Otero missed a chance to make in 2-0 in the final play of the game, when the Uruguay goalkeeper came off his line in a last effort attack, but the kick went wide.

Uruguay began to press at the end of the game. Edinson Cavani missed two great opportunities to equalize for Uruguay in the dying minutes as Venezuela continued it unbeaten run in the tournament.

MATCH PREVIEW: Uruguay vs. Venezuela

Uruguay plays Venezuela in Group C in Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Uruguay is the favorite to advance to the next stage, but is chasing its first win after being beaten 3-1 by Mexico.

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The Uruguayan team is treating the game as a final.

"We have to show that we are an experienced team and know how to play with our backs against the wall. Venezuela will be looking to seal qualification against us. It would be a failure if we fail to qualify for the next round,” said Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez.

Venezuela is a much easier match for Uruguay. The Uruguayans have some big name international players, including Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin. However, it will be without Barcelona star, Luis Suarez. Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez hinted that Suarez may miss the entire competition with a hamstring injury.

Venezuela is coming off a 1-0 victory against Jamaica. A win for Venezuela tonight would see it advance from the group stage.

The two teams have met each other eight times in the Copa America, Uruguay has never lost to Venezuela in the competition.

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