Argentina on track, Vidal arrest rocks Chile

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Argentina’s forward Sergio Aguero (left) and Uruguay’s defender Alvaro Pereira vie during their 2015 Copa America football championship match, in La Serena, Chile, on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO

Argentina’s forward Sergio Aguero (left) and Uruguay’s defender Alvaro Pereira vie during their 2015 Copa America football championship match, in La Serena, Chile, on Wednesday. AFP PHOTO

SANTIAGO: Sergio Aguero reignited Argentina’s Copa America campaign with the only goal in a 1-0 victory over historic rivals Uruguay, as the tournament was rocked by the arrest of Chile star Arturo Vidal for drunk driving after a car crash.

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Aguero bagged his second goal of the tournament in the 56th minute of a niggly battle between the 1930 World Cup finalists in their 199th meeting.

The result leaves Argentina firmly on course to win Group B, with only one game against tournament minnows Jamaica, beaten 1-0 by Paraguay in Tuesday’s (Wednesday in Manila) early game, remaining.

But the action on the pitch was overshadowed late Tuesday by the revelations concerning Chile midfielder Vidal.

Vidal, who became the top scorer for the tournament on Monday with three goals after bagging a brace in the hosts 3-3 draw with Mexico, was detained by police after testing positive for alcohol following a late night crash.

Vidal, who was traveling with his wife when the accident occurred, suffered “minor injuries” but his wife’s wounds were described by police colonel Ricardo Gonzalez as “moderately serious.”

Images on Twitter said to be Vidal’s vehicle showed a red Ferrari with the driver’s side reduced to a mangled wreck.

“Because he was driving under the influence of alcohol … [Vidal] is being held,” Gonzalez said.

Immediate details about the crash were scarce, but officials said Vidal’s car had collided with another vehicle.

The player posted a short video message on YouTube.

“Today, I had a car accident. It was not my fault. I’m fine, my family’s fine. Thank you for everything,” Vidal said.

It was not immediately clear how Vidal’s arrest would affect his participation in the tournament.

AFP

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