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COPA AMERICA: Cavani sent off as Chile eliminate Uruguay

Chile have kept their 2015 Copa America dream alive by beating Uruguay 1-0 in the quarter-finals.


Jorge Sampaoli's La Roja have progressed to the final four of the CONMEBOL tournament following a tense affair at the National Stadium in the Chilean capital of Santiago.

Uruguay were reduced to nine men during the second half after Edinson Cavani and Jorge Fucile were both shown red cards.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani was given his marching orders in the 63rd minute for a second bookable offence when he appeared to slap Gonzalo Jara with the back of his hand.

The incident occurred about 20 minutes before Mauricio Isla handed Chile the lead with a low drive from 16 yards after Jorge Valdivia had taken possession of Fernando Muslera's punched clearance before supplying the Juventus full-back.

Uruguay's task was made even more difficult when defender Fucile banged into Alexis Sanchez in front of the dugout which attracted another yellow, forcing him off the pitch.

In the end, the Chileans deserved the victory after dominating the opening 45 minutes and will now move into the semi-finals where they await the winner of Thursday's clash between Bolivia and Peru in Temuco.

Chile are still in the hunt for their first Copa America title as reigning champs Uruguay lick their wounds.

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