Uruguay Defeats Brazil In Copa Final

Posted: July 24, 1995

Uruguay, its national soccer team intent on reversing an alarming slide after failing to qualify for last summer's World Cup, beat mighty Brazil, 5-3, on penalty kicks yesterday to win the Copa America tournament in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Uruguay and Brazil tied, 1-1, in regulation. There is no overtime in the Copa America, the championship of South America, and the teams went to penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Fernando Alvez saved Brazil's third shot, by Tulio, enabling Uruguay to win.

Spurred on by a capacity crowd, Uruguay matched Argentina for the most Copa America titles and maintained its record of having won all seven Copa America championships played at home.

It was the Uruguayans' first Copa America title since 1987.

"Uruguay needed this victory so much," Uruguay coach Hector Nunez said. ''It was a great win when you consider that we beat a team of outstanding players."

Brazil, a four-time champion in the World Cup and Copa America, hadn't lost in 25 straight games.

"We're good losers," said Brazil coach Mario Zagalo, whose team defeated the United States, 1-0, in the semifinals. "But all credit to Uruguay, who played a tough game."

The United States, which was a special invitee along with Mexico to the 12- nation tournament, lost, 4-1, to Colombia on Saturday in the third-place game.

Brazil opened the scoring in the 30th minute when Edmundo chipped the ball over the Uruguayan defense and Tulio chested the ball into the net from close range. The Uruguayans contended Tulio put the ball in with his hand, but television replays showed the goal was legitimate.

Uruguay tied it in the 49th minute with a spectacular goal from substitute Pablo Bengoechea, who curled a 20-yard free kick into the upper left corner after having been in the game just four minutes.

PRO FOOTBALL

San Diego Chargers running back Natrone Means, the NFL's fourth-leading rusher last season, didn't report to the team's training camp.

"Natrone has offered to come on into camp as long as there is continued dialogue," said Sean Holley, Means' agent. "But that has been rejected by (general manager) Bobby Beathard."

Means, a third-year pro, has two seasons remaining on his four-year, $1.6 million pact. He's asking for $21 million over five years, with a $4 million signing bonus.

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Nate Odomes, a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback who missed last season because of a knee injury, reinjured his right knee in a practice with the Seattle Seahawks.

Rookie Mark Bruener, who will replace Eric Green in a Pittsburgh Steelers offense that keys on the tight end, ended a weeklong contract holdout by signing a pact worth at least $3 million. The contract is believed to be for four years.

TENNIS

Andre Agassi, who took ill during changeovers because of scorching 118- degree heat, won his first tournament since assuming the world's top ranking, beating Stefan Edberg, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, in the final of the $675,000 Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington.

Agassi had played all four of his previous matches at night and was confronted yesterday with searing afternoon temperatures and humidity.

Gigi Fernandez and Lindsay Davenport led the United States into the 1995 Federation Cup final, joining forces in doubles for the first time and beating Nathalie Tauziat and Julie Halard of France, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), in Wilmington, N.C.

BOXING

Former world champion Orlin Norris was released from a London hospital after an overnight stay for observation following his knockout loss to Nate Miller.

Miller knocked out Norris in the eighth round to win the World Boxing Association cruiserweight title on Saturday. Norris was taken from the ring on a stretcher after he collapsed and was moved to the hospital with an oxygen mask over his face.

HORSE RACING

Given a flawless ride by Gary Stevens, Thunder Gulch won the $500,000 Swaps Stakes by two lengths over Da Hoss at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.

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