Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in a tense Copa America match on Friday, with Guido Rodriguez scoring his first goal in 11 international appearances.
Uruguay had not beaten Argentina in the Copa America since 1989, and they fell behind to Rodriguez’s header early in the game.
For the first time since June 2019, the Real Betis midfielder was named to the starting lineup, and he quickly justified his inclusion by converting a Lionel Messi cross after only 10 minutes.
Argentina clinched all three points, condemning their neighbors to a poor start to their Copa America campaign.
Uruguay is joint bottom of Group A with no points after a game that was both end-to-end but lacking in true excitement at a cavernous empty stadium in Brasilia. Bolivia has played two games and lost both.
With four points, Argentina is tied for first place with Chile, who beat Bolivia 1-0 earlier in the day. From one game, Paraguay has three points.
After missing the previous two games due to suspension, striker Edinson Cavani returned for Uruguay and provided one of the few memorable moments for his team when a loud scream for a penalty was waved away in the 26th minute.
Uruguay’s miserable night was typified by the fact that despite having somewhat more possession, they never managed a shot on goal throughout the game.
On the other hand, Messi’s dribbles in the final third posed issues for Uruguay, but he was regularly crowded out by Uruguayan defenders.
Argentina has now gone 15 games without losing since losing in the semifinals of the last Copa America in 2019.
On Monday, they will play Paraguay, while Uruguay will play Chile on the same day.