Longtime MLS star Jaime Moreno
celebrated his return to the Copa America after an eight-year absence by scoring by help Bolivia tie host Venezuela, 2-2, Tuesday on the opening day of the
12-team South American championship.
Moreno, who previously played for Bolivia in the 1991, 1993, 1997 and 1999 Copa Americans, evened the score at 1-1 late in the first half when he
dribbled through a maze of Venezuelan defenders and his shot deflected off a Venezuelan defender and rolled into the goal.
Venezuela went ahead a second time on a goal by Ricardo David Paez
, son of Coach Richard Paez
, but Bolivia rallied for the equalizer late in the game when Juan Carlos Arce
scored with a shot to the near post.
In the other Group A opener, Peru shocked Uruguay, 3-0, on goals by Miguel Villalta
, Juan Marino
and Paolo Guerrero
June 26 in Merida Peru 3 Uruguay 0.
27, Marino 69, Guerrero 88. Peru --
Butron, Galliquio, Villalta, Acasiete, Rodriguez, Vilchez, Pedro Garcia
(Marino, 57), Bazalar, Farfan (De la Haza, 80), Pizarro (Mendoza, 77), Guerrero. Uruguay --
Carini, Diogo, Lugano, Godin, D. Rodríguez, Diego Perez,
Pablo Garcia, Canobbio (C.Rodriguez, 46), Estoyanoff (Vargas, 80), Forlan, Sanchez (Abreu, 66). Referee:
Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay). Att.:
25,000. June 26 in San Cristobal Venezuela
2 Bolivia 2.
Goals: Maldonado 20, Paez 55; Moreno 38, Arce 84. Venezuela --
Vega, Gonzalez, Cichero, Rey, Rojas, Vera, Mea Vitali, Paez (Vielma,
72), Arango, Maldonado (Torrealba, 77), De Ornelas (Guerra, 59). Bolivia --
Galarza, Hoyos, Raldes, J.M. Pena, Alvarez, Reyes (D.Pena, 59), Mojica, Vaca
(Galindo, 70), Garcia, Moreno (Cabrera, 74), Arce. Referee:
Mauricio Reinoso (Ecuador). Att.: