Mon, Jul 26, 2004 - Page 20 News List

Uruguay beats Colombia to get third-place trophy


Vicente Sanchez rebounded from his decisive missed penalty kick in the semifinals by scoring the game-winner for Uruguay to beat Colombia 2-1 in the Copa America third-place playoff on Saturday.

Sanchez's blocked kick in the penalty shootout helped Brazil win their semifinal, but he made a beautifully weighted left-foot lob over Colombia goalkeeper Juan Carlos Henao for the winner nine minutes from the end.

Fabian Estoyanoff nailed a cross in the third minute for Uruguay, and Sergio Herrera leveled from a penalty in the 71st minute in Peru's historic capital, 500km inland from Lima.

Argentina and Brazil meet in the final on Sunday in Lima.

Uruguay appeared to take the match less seriously than Colombia by retaining only two starters from the semifinals -- defenders Joe Bizera and Carlos Diogo -- but the Celeste dominated the first half and celebrated after the whistle as if they had won their 15th Copa.

The victory ended Uruguay's six-match winless streak to Colombia since 1995, including a 5-0 hiding last month in World Cup qualifying.

"Without a doubt we have played better in Peru than in World Cup qualifying and that has made our Copa America worthwhile," said Uruguay defender Guillermo Rodriguez.

Osasuna forward Richard Morales announced it was his farewell match for Uruguay.

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