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.
Brasil are out of the Copa America in the quarter finals after missing all of their spot kicks in the shoot out after extra time with Paraguay. The match ended 0-0 after an outstanding performance from Paraguayan keeper Justo Villar. Watch the clip below to see some of the worst penalties you are ever likely to see:
Copa America 2011
A blog from the 2011 Copa America and road trip around Argentina.