Oscar Washington Tabarez earned a deserved reward for five years of overhauling the Celeste as he led Uruguay to a record 15th Copa America title.
Diego Forlan scored twice after Luis Suarez`s opening goal as Uruguay beat Paraguay 3-0 to win the Copa America and be crowned South American champions for a record 15th time.
Uruguay will be overwhelming favourites to see off Paraguay and clinch a record 15th continental crown, their first since 1995, to break their tie with Argentina.
Paolo Guerrero scored a second-half hat-trick as Peru took third place at the Copa America with a 4-1 win over Venezuela on Saturday.
Uruguay`s media on Wednesday paid tribute to their national team after the win over Peru saw the `celeste` reach the Copa America final.
Paraguay advanced to the Copa America final against Uruguay by beating Venezuela in a penalty shootout following a goalless draw.
Criticism of Lionel Messi following Argentina`s Copa America exit is "totally exaggerated" and having decent pitches would have helped him play better.
Uruguay may be the favourites as the last big-name side left standing at a Copa America full of shocks - but there is little doubt which team is the people`s favourite among the final four.
Sights set on a record 15th Copa America title, Uruguay do not want to be considered favourites when they meet Peru in an unexpected semi-final in La Plata on Tuesday.
A weekend of quarter-final shocks has left the Copa America shorn of some of its biggest names, leading fans of Uruguay to dream of what would be a record 15th title.
Brazil`s media were scathing on Monday after the national team were unceremoniously dumped from the Copa America by Paraguay in a quarter-final penalty shoot-out.
Venezuela completed a weekend of Copa America shocks by reaching the semi-finals for the first time in their history with a gutsy 2-1 win over fancied Chile.
Peru shocked favoured Colombia on Saturday to reach the semi-finals of the Copa America.
Uruguay shocked hosts Argentina 5-4 on penalties to win their Copa America quarter-final.
Brazil striker Pato is anticipating another tough test against familiar opponents when the Selecao take on Paraguay in the quarter-finals of the Copa America on Sunday.
Fans bombarded Lionel Messi with jeers and graphic profanities last week in a disorganized 0-0 draw against Colombia.
Barcelona star Lionel Messi does not care what the Argentine press writes about him and will not stop representing Argentina.
Alexandre Pato and Neymar scored two goals each as defending champions Brazil hit form with a 4-2 win over Ecuador to secure a Copa America quarterfinals spot.
Venezuela stunned Paraguay with two goals in the dying minutes to snatch a 3-3 draw and retain their lead in Group B at the Copa America.
Chile took neighbourly bragging rights at the Copa America, winning their Pacifico clasico with Peru to top Group C while Uruguay edged Mexico to book a quarter-final with hosts Argentina.
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