Venezuela stun Uruguay to reach Copa quarters

Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:18am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - Venezuela pulled off the shock of the Copa America so far by stunning Uruguay 1-0 to reach the quarter-finals, while Mexico also advanced with a 2-0 win over Jamaica.

A goal by Salomon Rondon after 36 minutes in Philadelphia was enough to give Venezuela the points and eliminate the team that leads South American qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Midfielder Alejandro 'Lobo' Guerra lobbed Fernando Muslera from more than 30 meters and although the Uruguayan goalkeeper got a finger tip to the ball, it bounced off the bar and fell to Rondon who tapped it into the net.

"It was incredible what 'Lobo' did, the wit he had to hit it," Rondon said.

"Luckily I had time to get there and finish."

The victory marked the first time Venezuela have notched two consecutive Copa America wins, while Rondon became the first Uruguay player to score in three Copa America tournaments.

"I am surprised. The majority of my players did not have a good game," disappointed Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez told local radio.

"The Uruguay that we are saw today are a long way from the Uruguay we saw play not that long ago."

Venezuela and Mexico, who each have six points in Group C, will meet next week to decide who will win the group, while Jamaica were also eliminated with Uruguay, the most successful Copa America nation.   Continued...

 
Venezuela forward Jose Salomon Rondon (9) and Uruguay midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez (20) compete for the ball during the second half of a group play stage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario at Lincoln Financial Field.  Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports