Sunday, June 5, 2016

Copa America Day 3: Marquez lifts Mexico over Uruguay

Jamaica 0-1 Venezuela
The trend of low scoring matches in Copa America continues here. The lone goal came from Josef Martinez in the 15th minute when he tucked a shot below Andre Blake. Jamaica's uphill climb became even more daunting eight minutes later when midfielder Rodolph Austin was sent off for a studs showing tackle on Tomas Rincon. That isn't to say The Reggae Boyz went quietly. The ten man outfit did muster a few chances culminating in Michael Hector's 49th minute shot off the post. Blake also came up with some big saves to keep things close, but it wasn't enough to motivate his team to score any goals.

Mexico 3-1 Uruguay
This was one of the moat anticipated matches of this first round of group play. Both sides have what it takes to become champions in this tournament, and the home crowd for Mexico certainly provided extra motivation. They got on the board in the fifth minute after Uruguay's Matias Vecino tried to clear a cross with his head and ended up putting it in the back of his own net. That match would calm down on the goal front, but not in terms of intensity. Vecino's aggressive defending earned him a pair of yellows before the half time whistle to get him sent off with his side down a goal. Diego Godin managed to provide La Celeste with an equalizer in the 74th minute with a header off a Carlos Sanchez cross. The numbers went even in the 73rd minute when Andres Guardado was sent off for a rough foul. Mexico decided to shine with the teams even at a goal and ten players aside. It was Rafa Marquez providing the winner in the 85th minute and Hector Herrera putting home the stoppage time insurance goal to give El Tri a massive three points to open Group C in first place.

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