Uruguay's Vecino out of Copa America after thigh injury

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Uruguay headed into the South American championship with various concerns, particularly the fitness levels of star duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.

After a blistering first-half showing, the Sky Blues had to wait until the 78th minute to grab their fourth goal although it came in fortunate circumstances, with defender Arturo Mina slotting into his own net.

Referee Anderson Daronco initially showed Quintero a yellow card.

Uruguay was already in control when Quintero was sent off at the Mineirao, which held a small crowd of about 13,000 people.

Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring after just six minutes when he beat one defender with his chest control, flicked the ball over another and then hit a crisp, low volley into the bottom far corner, AFP reported. "We have to keep going game by game, always trying to improve".

That made an already hard task even tougher and Uruguay capitalised on their numerical advantage in the first half through goals from star duo Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez.

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Ecuador finished with only on shot on goal, coming in the first minute of the match.

Uruguay had two goals disallowed for offside, one in each half.

"They were better than us in every aspect", Ecuador coach Hernan Dario Gomez said. "Uruguay are a great team, very experienced".

Uruguay made a group-stage exit at the Copa America Centenario after immediately being put on the back foot following a shock loss to Mexico. Its last Copa America title was in 2011. He appeared to be growing frustrated after being denied twice by Ecuador goalkeeper Dominguez, but he scored his first Copa goal in his 11th game.

Uruguay face Copa America newcomers Japan in their next match on Thursday, which may provide a chance for either Valverde or Arsenal's Lucas Torreira to stake their claim to a regular spot.

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