Uruguayan media in awe of ‘beast’ Darwin Nunez after Liverpool striker stars at Copa America again

Darwin Nunez
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Darwin Nunez made his third start for Uruguay in their Copa America campaign as they defeated host nation United States 1-0 in controversial circumstances.

Mathias Olivera scored the only goal against the US in Kansas City. However, he appeared to be offside and was subject of a VAR check but the goal was later given.

Uruguay claimed top spot after a third consecutive victory in the tournament to secure a place in the quarter-finals, while Panama finished as runners-up of Group C.

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Uruguay coach Marcelo Bielsa was absent from the game after being suspended by American football's governing body for coming out late for the second half of the first two games. Nunez meanwhile, didn't get on the scoresheet for the first time after netting in the previous seven consecutive games.

With that said, the Echo has taken a look at how the Uruguayan media outlets have rated Nunez's performance.

El Observador

In its player ratings, El Observador wrote: "He started demanding a lot from the rival centre-backs. Eight minutes in, he made a spectacular play in which he only made a mistake in the final pass to Maximiliano Araújo. In the 37th minute, he was close to scoring after a great play by Cristian Olivera. He committed a very hard foul before the break and received a yellow card."

El Pais

In its player ratings, El Pais wrote: "Powerful in speed, as in every Copa America match, despite at times, being alone in attack. His free-kick almost ended in a goal by Nicolás de la Cruz. He fought a lot in the second half, but he was unable to capitalise."

La Diaria Deporte

In its player ratings, La Diaria Deporte wrote: "Always a beast. They all fought and Darwin didn't have much fight left in him but contributed a lot on the pitch."