The atmosphere; the stadium; the football were all superb for the Copa America final.
I thought Uruguay played the best football of the tournament in the first half. Luis Suarez was simply world class, the defence rock solid, and the midfield dominant and unforgiving in the tackle, almost like a cultured version of the famous Leeds United side of the 1970s.
Uruguay sat back after the break and let the Paraguayans come at them, and it took a brilliant save from their excellent young keeper, Fernando Muslera, to stop Paraguay from getting back in the game.
It was fitting, perhaps, that the inspirational Diego Forlan should score Uruguay's third at the death, beating arguably the player of the tournament, Justo Villar, in the Paraguayan net to send the tens of thousands of travelling Uruguayan fans into raptures.
Uruguay outclass Paraguay 3-0 to win the 2011 Copa America at a packed River Plate stadium in Buenos Aires:
It is 9am on the morning before the Copa final. I haven't got a ticket for the final and Danish Nick, who had my press pass while I was in Uruguay, isn't responding to emails and calls. It looks like I am going to struggle to get in today. Half of Uruguay were on the ferries from Colonia to Buenos Aires last night and black market ticket prices are, rather predictably, going through the roof.
Just to make matters more complicated, my bus to Patagonia leaves at 8pm, meaning that I need to take my rucksack with me to the Monumental Stadium.
On my third cup of coffee before I set off. It is going to be an interesting day...
Copa America 2011
A blog from the 2011 Copa America and road trip around Argentina.