INTRODUCTION: Uruguay reached the final of the Gold Cup soccer tournament in Montevideo on Saturday (3 January).
GV PAN Italy (blue tops & white shorts) kicking form right to left, attacking goal. No. 18 heads for goal, but ball goes wide (2 shots)
GV PAN Uruguay forward No. 10 in unsuccessful shot at goal (2 shots)
GV PAN Uruguay forward running to goal is tripped by Italian defender, as Italian team argues free kick decision with referee (2 shots)
SV & GV Italian goal-keeper standing on goal line, as Uruguay's No. 11 (J. Morales) scores (3 shots)
GV Replay of goal behind net, showing score
GV & SVs Midfield skirmish after collision between players, showing referee intervening and sending off players (11 shots)
GV Italy attacking, with forward (No. 17) shooting for goal, deflected by Uruguay goalkeeper (2 shots)
GV Italy attacks showing Uruguay goalkeeper punching away cross, ball gathered by Italian midfield player, who tries long range shot for goal which is saved by goalkeeper (2 shots)
GV Uruguay attacking, showing No. 9, scoring at close range and celebrating result with teammates (2 shots)
GV Goal replay
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Uruguay reached the final of the Gold Cup soccer tournament in Montevideo on Saturday (3 January). The young host side beat Italy, 2-nil, in a game marred by amid-match skirmish. Three players were sent off in the second half as a result of the skirmish, and a separate incident. The 70-thousand strong crowd saw the win, which puts Uruguay into the final, against the winners of the group "B" fixtures on Saturday (10 January).
SYNOPSIS: Despite many attacking moves early in the game, Italy failed to convert their efforts into goals.
The goalless first half was tight. Neither side gave the other room to build a concentrated attack. Apart from set kicks, most attacks consisted of high-speed dashes.
That move was unsuccessfully for Uruguay but after a foul tackle a free kick awarded to them opened up the game. The referee's decision was hotly contested by the Italians.
Number eleven, Julio Morales, scored from the free kick to give Uruguay a one-nil lead.
After 70 minutes, a midfield skirmish disrupted play. At this time, fighting broke out. It had been threatening to erupt throughout the game, and when it did the referee, Spain's Emilio Guruceta, intervened. He sent off Uruguayan back, Jose Moreira, and Italy's Antonio Cabrini. In a separate incident, a foul tackle by Italy's Marco Tardelli brought out the referee's red card and, he too was sent off.
Italy's best period followed the skirmish, with sustained attacks on Uruguay's goal area. But all the Italian moves floundered on the rock-like defence of goalkeeper, Rodolfo Rodriguez, the Uruguayan captain.
Urged on by the home crowd, the Uruguayans made a concerted assault in the closing stages of the match. Venancio Ramos received a cross and toad the ball into the net.
The final score: Uruguay, 2, Italy nil.