Sergio Aguero scored a brilliant near-post header as tournament favourites Argentina defeated defending champions Uruguay at the Copa America.

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The Manchester City striker converted Pablo Zabaleta’s cross after the break.

Argentina were held by Paraguay in their opening game but now lead Group B after a deserved victory in a tense and, at times, bad-tempered game.

However, Diego Rolan should have equalised for Uruguay but blazed over from eight yards.

It also took a good block late on to keep out a header from Uruguay skipper Diego Godin, while Hull City’s Adel Hernandez had a side-foot effort brilliantly clawed out by Sergio Romero.

It was a reminder to Argentina of the fragility of their lead but they managed to see the game out to claim the 82nd victory over their South American neighbours.

Argentina now face the pointless Jamaica in their final group game after the Caribbean side – invited guests playing for the first time at the tournament – lost 1-0 to Paraguay in their second group game.

The only goal of that game came through Edgar Benitez after a terrible error from Jamaica goalkeeper Duwayne Kerr, who charged 25 yards from his goal but only succeeded in heading the ball into his opponent’s path.

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