Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Lugano, Uruguay Come Up Short Against Brazil

Lugano, Uruguay Come Up Short Against Brazil
By Nathan L. Redd

Fenerbahce star Diego Lugano and his Uruguayan side played Brazil to a 2-2 draw last night in Copa America action, but lost 5-4 in penalty kicks.

Uruguay's Pablo Garcia hit the post on the sixth penalty kick, which was needed in order to keep Uruguay alive. Lugano had his kick saved by Brazilian goalkeeper Doni, who seemed to time Lugano's kick perfectly.

Brazil relinquished the lead twice in the game, allowing Uruguay to gain optimism and confidence. Maicon scored first for Brazil, only to see Diego Forlan tie it for Uruguay a few minutes later. Brazil's Julio Baptista, once rumored to be joining Fenerbahce, put Brazil back in front just before the break. Nearly halfway through the second half, Uruguay's Sebastian Abreu equalized for Uruguay. The penalty kicks saw goals from Brazil's Robinho, Juan, Gilberto Silva, Diego, and Gilberto. Uruguay received goals from Scotti, Gonzalez, Rodriguez, and Abreu. Alfonso and Fernando missed their kicks for Brazil, while Forlan, Garcia, and Lugano missed for Uruguay.

The Brazil win will match them against the winner of Wednesday's Argentina vs. Mexico game. Lugano is expected to join Fenerbahce in their Austrian training camp within a few days.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

it was not his tournement he made a penalty and get a red carddt against Mexico...

but he is agressif and that makes him so good...

10:12 AM  
Blogger Nathan L. Redd said...

Yeah, Uruguay looked really good at times. It was a good tournament - especially the final yesterday.

10:32 AM  

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