Mexico down Uruguay, Venezuela edge Jamaica in 10-men battles
MEXICO defeated Uruguay 3-1 in a stormy Copa America Centenario duel on Sunday that saw both teams finish with 10 men after a pre-match furore over a bungled national anthem.
A pulsating clash at the University of Phoenix stadium in Arizona saw Mexico take all three points in the crucial Group C battle through an own goal from Alvaro Pereira and late strikes from Rafa Marquez and Hector Herrera.
Uruguay's lone strike came from captain Diego Godin, the Atletico Madrid player heading in an equalizer 16 minutes from time that looked to have secured the South Americans a share of the points.
Before kick-off, Uruguay's players had looked baffled as they lined up for their national anthem - only for Chile's national anthem to be played by mistake.
Copa America Centenario organisers swiftly apologised for the blunder.
Meanwhile, Venezuela defeated Jamaica 1-0 in a physical Copa America Centenario clash on Sunday that saw the Reggae Boyz reduced to 10 men while coach Winfried Schaefer was expelled from the dugout.
Jamaica, riding high after a shock friendly victory over Copa America champions Chile in a warm-up last week, were left ruing a string of missed chances against their South American Group C rivals.
The circumstances surrounding the apparent expulsion of Jamaica's veteran German coach Schaefer remained unclear.
He was seen in a lengthy discussion with the match officials just before the start of the second half, before being ordered to watch the remainder of the game from the stands.
Although down to 10 men, Jamaica continued to create chances, Michael Hector clipping the outside of the post on 49 minutes with a fine curling shot from distance.