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Copa America:Luis Suarez centre of jokes after claiming handball of goalkeeper

InternationalCopa America:Luis Suarez centre of jokes after claiming handball of goalkeeper
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The Uruguay and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has become of centre of all the jokes and memes on social media after he was seen trying to claim handball against Chile’s goalkeeper in Copa America match. In the match Uruguay beat Chile by 1-0 goals thanks to Edinson Cavani’s 82nd-minute goal.

While Uruguay qualified for the quarterfinal, social media turned into butt of jokes centering Luis Suarez who seem to have claimed outrageous handball.

With his side searching for a goal against Chile to earn them top spot in the group, Suarez raced into the box and rounded Chile’s Gabriel Arias, only for the ‘keeper to punch the striker’s shot away for a corner.

But Suarez seemed to momentarily forget that Arias’ job is to stop shots with his hands and appealed for a penalty, gesticulating to the referee by pointing to his own hand.

Edinson Cavani’s 82nd-minute goal moved Uruguay on to seven points and above Chile, who qualified second with six and will play Colombia on Friday.

Cavani’s header beat Chile goalkeeper Gabriel Arias with most of the 58,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro beginning to expect a goalless result.
On this same day four years ago, Gonzalo Jara was responsible for an incident with Cavani that ended in the striker being sent off in the quarter-finals of the 2015 Copa America in Chile.

On Monday, though, Jara’s only effort that was noticeable was kicking a pitch invader when the match was 0-0.

Chile dominated ball possession through the match, but Uruguay improved after midfielder Nicolas Lodeiro was substituted by Nahitan Nandez after the break.

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