Uruguay sneaked into the fourth podium of the Conmebol classification heading to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, below Brazil (1st), Argentina (2nd) and Ecuador (3rd), and temporarily displacing Colombia to fourth place.
The light blue team achieved a victory that was essential against Paraguay in Asunción with the hot and humid climate that characterizes that city. The match began with the Celestes trying to dominate the field with a line of four behind, but the first yellow card came for Rodrigo Bentancur for a bad tackle at minute 9′, five minutes after the first Paraguayan arrival at 4′.
At 15′, Luis Suárez arrived with a header on goal and hit the post, the first save for Paraguay.
Another yellow fell on Facundo Pellistri at 20 ‘for a dangerous game. Ronald Araújo also earned a yellow warning two minutes later, showing a bit of disorder in the individual actions.
Paraguay tried to use the free kick to score, but Suárez sent it wide. Uruguay tried to use their corner: Godín headed and hit the post, as if predicting that the ball did not want to go in.
In the following minutes there would be shots by Araújo and Godín, for Uruguay, and by Braian Ojeda for Paraguay.
In another dangerous play, Matías Vecino also bought a yellow card at 43′, just two minutes after Mathías Olivera was badly attacked in the opposite field. Suárez took the free kick and hit the barrier head-on.
The break left with the score empty for both frames, but upon returning, Suárez scored in the 50th minute with a powerful left shot from the lower left side of the area to the right of the goal, after an assist from Godín.
Suárez was the target of another foul in the 52nd minute. Yellow for the Paraguayan Marías Rojas. The shot derived from the warning was rejected by Juan Escobar.
At 58′, Rodrigo Bentancur was also booked, on a night that up to that point had been a dance of yellow cards and no red cards. The following minutes were a back and forth of fouls: yellow card for Paraguayan Carlos González (61′) and his co-religionist Gustavo Gómez (62′) against Ronald Araújo (Uruguay).
The local squad made two changes at 64′: Robert Rojas entered the field replacing Juan Escobar; Mathías Villasanti enters the field substituting Matías Rojas.
Uruguay did the same exchanging two players in the 70th minute: Edinson Cavani entered the field replacing Darwin Núñez; Agustín Canobbio enters the field replacing Facundo Pellistri.
From there and towards the end of the game, Suárez tried to score again, but without success. The Paraguayan Miguel Almirón did the same at 79′, who finished off with a left from the center assisted by Robert Rojas. Another unsuccessful attempt. Richard Sánchez also tried but without success.
More changes in minute 83: Martín Cáceres enters the field replacing Diego Godín; Damián Suárez enters the field replacing Rodrigo Bentancur.
Upon reaching 90′, the arbitration team decided to add five minutes to the clock, just to make a few more moves and for Gustavo Gómez Portillo to earn a red card, the only one of the match, for an extremely dangerous move.