Two late goals give Mex­ico 3-1 win over Uruguay

The Jerusalem Post - - SPORTS -

Mex­ico scored twice in the fi­nal five min­utes to beat Uruguay 3-1 in a pul­sat­ing Copa Amer­ica Group C match in which each side had a man sent off on Sun­day night.

The win in front of a pas­sion­ate and par­ti­san crowd in Ari­zona left Mex­ico top of the group on goal difference over Venezuela, which beat 10-man Ja­maica 1-0 in Chicago.

Ja­maica, which has now lost all four of its Copa Amer­ica matches by the same 1-0 score, had the first chance at Sol­dier Field when a header from Je-Vaughn Wat­son hit the bar in the 11th minute.

Venezuela, whose high­est fin­ish at a Copa Amer­ica was the 2011 semi-fi­nals in Ar­gentina, went ahead af­ter 15 min­utes when Ale­jan­dro Guerra set up Josef Martinez and the striker shot un­der goal­keeper An­dre Blake.

The Caribbean is­lan­ders fought hard in the sec­ond half, but Michael Hec­tor hit the post with a shot and, at the other end, Blake needed to make a su­perb save from Wilker An­gel’s div­ing header.

In the other match, the early omens were not good for Uruguay, whose play­ers stood stunned be­fore kick­off when the Chilean na­tional an­them was played in­stead of their own.

Mex­ico then made a light­ning start with the fastest goal of the tour­na­ment so far in its first in­cur­sion into the Uruguay penalty area in the fourth minute.

Hec­tor Her­rera and Uruguay’s Al­varo Pereira both leapt to meet An­dres Guardado’s curl­ing cross from the left with the de­fender head­ing into his own net.

Uruguay equal­ized in the 74th minute from the free kick awarded when Guardado was also shown a sec­ond yel­low card.

Mex­ico, how­ever, had the last word when their cap­tain Rafael Mar­quez scored a fine goal from a cor­ner, find­ing the top cor­ner of Fer­nando Muslera’s net with an an­gled shot from the right.

Uruguay, with­out in­jured striker Luis Suarez and on the back foot for most of the first half, missed two good chances ei­ther side of half­time.

Mex­ico plays Ja­maica next in Pasadena on Thurs­day when Uruguay meets Venezuela in Philadel­phia.

Late Mon­day night, Panama and Bo­livia clashed while Ar­gentina faced Chile, with Lionel Messi a doubt to start for the Ar­gen­tines af­ter re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury.

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