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Forlan secures record Copa triumph

Uruguay won the Copa America for a record 15th time last night after beating Paraguay 3-0 thanks to two goals by Diego Forlan and another from Luis Suarez.

Suarez scored in the 12th minute, and Forlan hit the target in the 42nd and then the final minute. The victory gives Uruguay their first Copa America triumph since 1995, and makes them the all-time record holders, ahead of Argentina on 14 titles.

Uruguay were the clear favourites going into the final, wrapping up a tournament filled with surprises.

Suarez gave Uruguay the lead in a match they dominated in the opening minutes. Receiving a pass in the area, the Liverpool forward beat defender Dario Veron to score with a deflected left-footed shot that went in off the far post behind 'keeper Justo Villar.

Forlan made it 2-0 by lashing a left-footed shot from 12 yards that left Villar flat-footed. He then notched the final goal late on, taking a pass from Suarez and firring into the far corner.

Paraguay, who seldom threatened, played without injured forward Roque Santa Cruz and winger Aureliano Torres. Paraguay Coach Gerardo Martino and top assistant Jorge Pautasso were suspended after being sent off for repeatedly arguing with the referee in Wednesday's semi-final victory over Venezuela.

Irish Independent