After 18 years, the Copa América was back in Uruguay, and once again, the hosts clinched the title. Playing in Montevideo, the Uruguayan squad became champions in 1917, 1923, 1924 and 1942. With matches being held at the Centenário Stadium, inaugurated for the 1930 World Cup Finals, the tournament welcomed seven national teams for the first time – the greatest number thus far.
Counting on the massive support of the local crowd, the Uruguayans didn’t give their rivals a chance e won all six matches. After two thrashings in the first two matches (6-1 against Chile, and 7-nil against Ecuador), the side led by Obdulio Varela, Schubert Gambert and Severino Varela, beat Brazil, Paraguay, Peru and archrivals Argentina 1-nil in the final match.
Argentina had to settle for a consolation prize: the greatest mauling in the history of the Copa America: the 12-nil demolition of Ecuador. José Manuel Moreno, who scored 5 goals in a single match, was the standout of the game and one of the leading scorers in the competition, with 7 goals, alongside compatriot Herminio Masantonio.
The record striking for a single Copa América edition is of nine goals. Three names share the top of the bill: Jair Rosa Pinto (Brazil, 1949), Humberto Maschio (Argentina, 1957), and Ambrois (Uruguay, also 1957).