Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Copa America Centenario Day 11: Venezuela almost shocks Mexico

Mexico 1-1 Venezuela
Although both of these sides had already advanced to the quarterfinals, first place in Group C was still on the line and we were treated to one of the more entertaining matches of this entire tournament, so far. The underdogs got the jump on the favorites thanks to an impressive overhead kick from Jose Velazquez in the tenth minute. The most shocking team in Copa America had themselves an early lead against one of the favorites and they were going to defend that to the death. Mexico was firmly in control from that point on. They held two thirds of the possession and hammered Venezuela's goal with shot after shot after shot. Several times, it looked like Venezuela was destined to win and finish atop the group with how many close calls and near miracles that kept going against El Tri. Venezuela's luck held until the 80th minute when Jesus Corona weaved his way through five Venezuelan defenders and blasted a shot past Daniel Hernandez for the equalizer. The rest of the match offered half chances on both ends, but no further scoring as Mexico held onto the point to take the top spot in the group on goal difference.

Uruguay 3-0 Jamaica
This was the only truly pointless match in this Copa America. Both Jamaica and Uruguay had already been eliminated. Uruguay had their reputation to uphold, at least. They had won a match at every Copa America they had participated in, and needed to win this one in order to keep that alive. Abel Hernandez got them on the board in the 21st minute and an own goal off Jamaica's Je-Vaughn Watson doubled the lead in the 66th. James Blake did his best to keep the deficit at only two goals, but Uruguay were able to best him once more in the 88th minute when Matias Corujo was able to finish a breakaway and keep Uruguay's win streak alive.

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