Two late goals helped Mexico seal a vital win 3-1 win over Uruguay in the second Group C game.
Rafael Marquez and Hector Herrera struck in the final few minutes as it compounded a miserable day for Uruguay who were without Luis Suarez. Diego Godin scored for Uruguay after an own goal by Alvaro Pereira had given Mexico the lead. Both Mexico and Uruguay saw a man sent off in what was an entertaining encounter.
In a pre-match mix-up, the national anthem of Chile was played instead of Uruguay’s forcing Copa America bosses to apologise
360nobs Match Statistics Ratings
Mexico: Talavera 8; Araujo 6 , Marquez 8, Moreno 7; Layun 6, Herrera 8, Reyes 8, Guardado 8; Corona 7 (Duenas 60, 5.5), Chicharito 5 (Jimenez 82), Aquino 7 (Lozano 54, 5.5).
Booked (yellow card) : Guardado, Jimenez.
Sent off (red card) : Guardado.
Goals: A Pereira o.g. 4, Marquez 85, Herrera 90.
Uruguay: Muslera 6; M Pereira 6.5, Godin 8, Gimenez 6.5, A Pereira 4 ; Rios 4, Lodeiro 7, Vecino 5, Sanchez 6 (Ramirez 84); Cavani 4, Rolan 4.
Booked (yellow card) : Vecino, A Pereira, Godin.
Goal: Godin 74.
Sent off (red card) : Vecino
Uruguay had a terrible first-half and It all began with the wrong national anthem being played. Instead of the Uruguayan national anthem, the Chilean national anthem was being played
The players and fans looked confused and even distressed but into the match proper within four minutes, Mexico was ahead.
A cross from Andres Guardado from the left was headed past his own goalkeeper by Pereira, who perhaps couldn’t resist heading a ball so sweetly placed.
Uruguay then got their deserved equaliser through a brilliant header from the captain, after Guardado had been sent off for his second booking, supposedly for clipping Carlos Sanchez.
Diego Godin muscled his way in front of his marker after a free kick to power a header across the goal and into the top right corner.
But Uruguay’s joy didn’t last 10 minutes as Mexico took the lead again.
A blocked cross dropped to 37-year-old Mexican veteran Rafael Marquez in the box as he lathered his shot past Muslera and into the top corner. The game was wrapped up when Herrera nodded home at the back post to make it 3-1