Uruguay beat Paraguay to win Copa America for record 15 times

13:29, July 25, 2011      

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Uruguay's team hold aloft the trophy after they defeated Paraguay in the final of the Copa America in Buenos Aires July 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Striker Diego Forlan scored twice to lead World Cup semifinalists Uruguay to beat Paraguay 3-0 on Sunday for a record 15th Copa America win.

Forlan thus took his international tally to 31, holding tie with Hector Scarone, and completed an incredible family story as he followed his father and grand-father into the record books as a Copa America winner.

Liverpool attacker Luis Suarez, the player of the tournament, was also on target on 12 minutes before Atletico Madrid star Forlan added the second three minutes from the interval.

Forlan, a former Manchester United player, then hit his 31st international goal in the last minute after being set-up by Cavani and Suarez.

Uruguay, who knocked out hosts Argentina in the quarterfinals, claimed a first continental crown since 1995 and broke their all-time Copa title tie of 14 which they held with Argentina.

Paraguay, the champions in 1953 and 1979, had defeated Brazil and Venezuela in penalty shoot-outs in both the quarterfinals and semifinals after the games ended 0-0 in extra-time.

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