Copa America

Forlan joins father, grandfather as Copa winner

Diego Forlan joins his father, grandfather in winning Copa.
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)

Diego Forlan's scoring drought ended at a perfect time for Uruguay, his two goals on Sunday helping beat Paraguay 3-0 to win the Copa America title.

Forlan, voted the best player at last year's World Cup, hadn't found the net in 12 matches entering the final at Monumental stadium. But he scored the team's second and third goals to secure Uruguay a record 15th title in the South American competition.

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Forlan joins his father, Pablo Forlan, and grandfather, Juan Carlos Corazzo, as Copa America winners with Uruguay.

The Atletico de Madrid striker teamed up nicely with Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, who also scored in the final and was selected the tournament's best player.

''This has been a lot of work, going back many years,'' Forlan said. ''It's been a job of doing things well and it's yielded results.''

Forlan scored five times in the World Cup in South Africa but had since been going through a bit of a slump. He had blamed his lack of scoring on the team's positioning in attack, with him playing behind Suarez and farther from the goal.

He kept saying he wasn't worried, though, and that he knew the goals would start coming again soon.

And his first goal on Sunday was key, helping Uruguay fend off Paraguay's attempt to recover from Suarez's early strike. Forlan fired a powerful left-footed shot from 12 meters (yards) into the far post beyond goalkeeper Justo Villar in the 42nd minute.

Forlan's second goal sealed the victory in the 90th, taking a pass from Suarez on a breakaway and easily scoring in front of Villar.

Forlan and Suarez worked well for Uruguay throughout the tournament. Suarez ended the Copa America with four goals, one fewer than leading scorer Paolo Guerrero of Peru.

''We played as a group,'' Suarez said. ''I think when groups are united like this, everyone together and going for the same thing, you can get things done.''

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