CHICAGO, Sporting Alert – Scores and results from the two games that took place in the Copa America tournament in Group C on Sunday June 5.
Mexico and Venezuela both secured wins on the day, with the former moving to the top of the group on goal difference after a comfortable win over Uruguay in the second game.
Mexico 3, Uruguay 1
Mexico jumped ahead in the fourth minute when Alvaro Pereira put the ball past his own goalkeeper.
A perfectly played delivery inside the box from Andres Guardado was too hot for Pereira to handle, and under pressure from Hector Herrera, the defender only succeeded in heading past a stranded Fernando Muslera in the Uruguay goal.
Uruguay was reduced to 10-players just before the halftime after Matías Vecino was sent off for second yellow card, following a bad foul on Mexico’s Jesus Corona on the wing.
Mexico was also trimmed down to 10 after Guardado was sent off for a second yellow from a foul and immediately after that, the South Americans drew level at 1-1.
From the resulting free-kick, Carlos Sánchez found the head of his captain Diego Godín, who beat Alfredo Talavera in the 74th minute.
However, Mexico went back in front six minutes from time when veteran centre-back Rafael Márquez fired home a powerful right footed shot into the top right corner of the goal, following a corner kick.
The CONCACAF side then put the game to bed in stoppage with Herrera headed home into an empty net from close range.
El Tri, who remain undefeated under Juan Carlos Osorio and have won nine-games in a row, will next play Jamaica on Thursday, while Uruguay will play Venezuela on the same day.
Venezuela 1, Jamaica 0
CHICAGO — Josef Martinez scored the only goal at Soldier Field in Chicago and Venezuela stopped 10-man Jamaica 1-0 in their Group C opener in the Copa America Sunday.
Venezuela took advantage of a giveaway by Jamaica on a clearance attempt in the midfield and after some slick passing combination, Martinez provided the final touch by slotting home a left-footed shot under Jamaica’s goalkeeper Andre Blake in the 15th minute.
The Reggae Boyz were reduced to 10-players in the 23rd minutes, after captain and hard-hitting midfielder Rodolph Austin was shown a straight red card for a bad studs-up challenge on Venezuela’s Tomas Rincon.
Austin got the ball first and made the interception, but the referee decided to send the Jamaican off for Recklessness.
Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Schaefer was also sent to the stands for the entire second, after he apparently argued with the officials about the sending off of Austin.
Jamaica missed a number chances to knot the game, with Michael Hector and Adrian Mariappa both hitting the post.
The Caribbean side’s goalkeeper Blake also stopped Venezuela from adding to their tally in the 70th minute, after pulling off a brilliant diving save.