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Copa America Rewind: Suárez scores in Uruguay draw

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How Atlético’s South American stars are getting on in this year’s competition.

Uruguay v Chile: Group A - Copa America Brazil 2021 Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images

The Copa America is in full swing, and many Rojiblanco players have featured in the competition over matchdays 2 and 3. We take a closer look at how Atlético Madrid’s representatives are performing.

MATCHDAY 2

Renan Lodi makes a cameo for Brazil against Peru

The left back played only 13 minutes in the game, replacing Álex Sandro with Brazil 2-0 up. He completed two accurate long balls and made two recoveries as the Seleção ran out 4-0 winners.

Meanwhile, Felipe Monteiro didn’t appear and could miss up to a month with a knee ligament injury.

Suárez, Giménez, Torreira all start for Uruguay as they fall to defeat

Luis Suárez and José Giménez played the full 90 minutes while Lucas Torreira received 64 minutes against Argentina, a 1-0 loss which kicked off Uruguay’s slate of Copa America games.

Torreira had a good game overall and was the most accurate passer (95 percent).He completed two accurate long balls, made a key pass, and made six recoveries in addition to receiving a yellow card.

Giménez won half his duels during the match, claiming three aerial duels and making eight clearances.

Suárez had a rather quiet day at the front, mostly because his teammates couldn’t supply him the ball. He recorded the fewest touches (25) among outfield players who played 90 minutes.

MATCHDAY 3

Suárez grabs equalizer as Uruguay remain in contention to progress

Uruguay v Chile: Group A - Copa America Brazil 2021 Photo by Miguel Schincariol/Getty Images

Suárez bounced back on Monday, ending a goal-scoring drought for Uruguay that threatened to extend to a fifth straight game. The veteran striker’s 66th-minute equaliser from a corner kick helped Uruguay to a 1-1 draw against Chile, and they grabbed their first point of the tournament.

The result allowed Chile to advance to the knockout stage of the tournament and kept the Uruguayans in contention in Group A.

Facundo Torres took a corner that deflected off Matías Vecino’s head, and Suárez reached it first with a volley. The striker and Chile’s Arturo Vidal both stretched to reach the ball, but Suárez got there in time.

After the match, Suarez said he’d been lucky to score at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.

“We are happy with our teamwork today, but we know we have a lot to improve,” he said.

José Giménez played the full 90 minutes again, but he struggled to contain the Chilean attack alongside captain and former Atlético teammate Diego Godín.

Torreira made a short cameo — less than 10 minutes — and didn’t make much of an impact on the game.

Ángel Correa makes a brief appearance as the Argentines edge past Paraguay

Correa was subbed on in the 81st minute against Paraguay and didn’t have much impact on the match as Argentina held on for a 1-0 win on Monday.