La Serena - Sergio Aguero reignited Argentina's Copa America campaign with the
only goal in a 1-0 victory over historic rivals Uruguay, as the
tournament was rocked by the arrest of Chile star Arturo Vidal for drunk
driving after a car crash.
Aguero bagged his second goal of the
tournament in the 56th minute of a niggly battle between the 1930 World
Cup finalists in their 199th meeting.
The result leaves Argentina
firmly on course to win Group B, with only one game against tournament
minnows Jamaica, beaten 1-0 by Paraguay in Tuesday's early game,
But the action on the pitch was overshadowed late Tuesday by the revelations concerning Chile midfielder Vidal.
who became the top scorer for the tournament on Monday with three goals
after bagging a brace in the hosts 3-3 draw with Mexico, was detained
by police after testing positive for alcohol following a late night
Vidal, who was traveling with his wife when the accident
occurred, suffered "minor injuries" but his wife's wounds were described
by police colonel Ricardo Gonzalez as "moderately serious".
Images on Twitter said to be Vidal's vehicle showed a red Ferrari with the driver's side reduced to a mangled wreck.
"Because he was driving under the influence of alcohol ... (Vidal) is being held," Gonzalez said.
Immediate details about the crash were scarce, but officials said Vidal's car had collided with another vehicle.
The player posted a short video message on YouTube.
"Today, I had a car accident. It was not my fault. I'm fine, my family's fine. Thank you for everything," Vidal said.
It was not immediately clear how Vidal's arrest would affect his participation in the tournament.
is no stranger to controversy. He was hit with a record fine by his
club side, Italian giants Juventus, after a drunken night out last year.
was also one of several Chilean players temporarily kicked out of the
national team squad in 2011 after arriving late for training following
an unauthorized night out.
Chile face Bolivia in their final Group
A on Friday, where they will be attempting to make certain of their
place in the last eight.
Earlier Tuesday, Argentina captain Lionel Messi praised his team-mates for keeping their cool in a hardfought win over Uruguay.
was a tough match from their side. They didn't want to play that much,"
said Messi, who was subjected to a series of cynical fouls throughout.
"They were tough. They were hard on us. But we showed that we can also play that kind of game if we need to.
"Yet we tried to keep playing our game and that's how we found the goal through Kun (Aguero)."
A tense first half had seen Argentina dominate possession and territory but fail to break down a resolute Uruguayan defense.
two best chances of the opening period both fell to Argentina, with
Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria testing Fernando Muslera in the
ninth minute with an angled shot that the Uruguayan goalkeeper needed
two attempts to gather.
Muslera was pressed into action again
midway through the half, producing a superb one-handed save to deny
Aguero after the striker met Messi's sublime cross with a downward
Tensions began to rise thereafter, with Argentina coach
Gerardo Martino shown a red card by Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci in
the 38th minute.
On the stroke of half-time tempers flared once
more with Argentina enforcer Javier Mascherano booked for sliding
through Uruguay playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro, who had earlier seen yellow
for a wild challenge on Zabaleta.
The winning goal came on 56
minutes, when a cross from Pablo Zabaleta was met by his Manchester City
team-mate Aguero, who headed past Muslera.
In Tuesday's other game, Paraguay edged closer to the last eight with a 1-0 win over Jamaica.
freak goal from Edgar Benitez proved the difference, the striker
unwittingly deflecting a hapless headed clearance by Jamaica goalkeeper
Duwayne Kerr into an empty net on 36 minutes.
The win means Paraguay need only a draw against Uruguay to be sure of finishing second in the Group.