Two late goals give Mexico 3-1 win over Uruguay

Sun Jun 5, 2016 11:35pm EDT
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By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) - 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.

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

The early omens were not good for Uruguay who 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 their 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, who had Matias Vecino dismissed on the stroke of halftime after a second booking for a foul on Jesus Corona, equalized in the 74th minute from the free kick awarded when Guardado was also shown a second yellow card.

Carlos Sanchez, the man Guardado brought down, hit the free kick into the box where captain Diego Godin headed past Alfredo Talavera to put the record 15-times champions back on level terms.

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.   Continued...

Jun 5, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Mexico defender Rafael Marquez (4) celebrates a goal against Uruguay during the second half during the group play stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mexico won the match 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports