Paraguay through to Copa quarters as Japan, Ecuador draw

10:28 | 25/06/2019
Paraguay became the final qualifiers for the Copa America quarter-finals without even playing on Monday (Jun 24) as the two teams who could deny them, Japan and Ecuador, drew 1-1 in Belo Horizonte.
paraguay through to copa quarters as japan ecuador draw
Japan's Takefusa Kubo reacts after drawing 1-1 with Ecuador and thus failing to reach the quarter-finals of the Copa America. (Photo: AFP/Douglas Magno)

Uruguay topped Group C as Edinson Cavani's goal eight minutes from time gave them a 1-0 win over champions Chile, who also qualify, at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

Japan and Ecuador faced a must win match in their bid to reach the knock-out stages as one of the two best third-placed finishers.

Peru had already secured their spot from Group A while Paraguay, in Group B, were left sweating on Monday's result.

Shoya Nakajima gave Japan the lead on 15 minutes with a goal validated by VAR, but 10 minutes from half time, Angel Mena equalized for Ecuador.

Japan substitute Daizen Maeda was put clean through late on but saw his effort saved by goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez.

Deep into stoppage time teenage sensation Takefusa Kubo had the ball in the net but a dramatic winner was ruled out for offside after consulting VAR.

In Rio, Chile knew they needed only a draw to keep hold of top spot in Group C and avoid Colombia - the only team with a perfect group stage record - in the quarter-finals.

But Cavani's late header from substitute Jonathan Rodriguez's cross ensured Uruguay will now face Peru for a place in the semi-finals.

AFP

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