Raise your hand if you knew that Uruguay would beat Paraguay in the 2011 Copa America final. Yeah, you and the rest of the world.
Paraguay, a team that won its only two matches of the tournament via penalty shootouts, was the underdog. Unfortunately though, the same luck that carried them past global powerhouse Brazil and surprising up-and-comer Venezuela ran out against the other “Guay.” When your opponent has Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez, and Diego Lugano on their roster, well let’s just say that your chances of pulling an upset are slim.
It took La Celeste all of eleven minutes to assert their dominance. 2010 FIFA World Cup villain Luis Suarez put Uruguay up one-nill with a beautiful score, a goal in which he brought down the ball with his right leg, crossed it to his left, and put it past goalkeeper of the tournament Justo Villar. After that, it became the Diego Forlan show. The golden-locked striker (yeah, we have a man crush on the dude, what of it?), doubled the lead in the 41st minute, and scored the coup de grâce with one minute left in the match.
Uruguay’s Copa America victory gives them a grand total of 15 continental titles, one more than Argentina (14) and almost twice as many as Brazil’s (8). As a whole, the tournament was lacking in goals (54 total), and was somewhat of a disappointment all around. Brazil and Argentina had underwhelming early exits, the CONCACAF invitees (Mexico and Costa Rica) brought knives to a gunfight when each country fielded their B squads, and a tournament finalist made it to the very end by not winning a single match outright. Here’s hoping that the 2012 European Championship takes this bad taste out of our mouths.