Nunez scores as Uruguay win Copa America opener

Darwin Nunez scored with a clinical volley to help Uruguay defeat Panama 3-1 in their Copa America opener.

The Liverpool forward played the whole of the Group C tie in Miami overnight, where Uruguay took a first-half lead through Maximiliano Araujo’s excellent curler.

The match remained in the balance until late on but, on 85, Nunez met a dropping ball inside the Panama area with a crisp first-time effort that doubled his country’s advantage.

Matias Vina added to the scoresheet for La Celeste in stoppage time, while Michael Murillo gained a consolation for Panama with his own emphatic strike.

Nunez’s nation are back in action at the tournament in the early hours of Friday morning, when they meet Bolivia in New Jersey.