Brazil drawing with Venezuela in Group A, Argentina's problems in Group B -- but Uruguay being held 2-2 by Japan in Group C is the biggest surprise so far in the 2019 Copa America.
The other guest side, Qatar, are at full strength, with the team that won the Asian title earlier this year. They are battle hardened, and clearly in a more advanced stage of preparation than many of their South American opponents. None of this applied to Japan versus Uruguay.
Firstly, because the Uruguayans are by no...
Uruguay twice came from behind to draw 2-2 against a young Japan side in the Copa America with the help of two questionable refereeing decisions and will have to wait until their final group game to book their place in the quarterfinals.
Tournament guests Japan went into the game after a 4-0 defeat to Chile while Uruguay had hammered Ecuador 4-0.
But despite some early close attempts from Uruguay, Japan began to impose themselves on the game and Koji Miyoshi gave them the lead in the 25th minute...
Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino will miss the rest of the Copa America with a right thigh injury.
Uruguay's football federation confirmed the muscular injury on Monday, one day after Vecino left a 4-0 opening win over Ecuador in the 80th minute.
Vecino started every game at last year's World Cup in Russia and coach Oscar Tabarez deems him one of his team's key players.