Uruguay has surprisingly been knocked out of the Copa America after falling to a 1-0 defeat to minnows Venezuela.
West Brom striker Salomon Rondon scored the only goal in the first half to put Venezuela into the Copa America quarterfinals.Defender Maxi Pereira became Uruguay’s most-capped player as he made his 113th appearance, surpassing the record of Diego Forlan but Luis Suarez missed out through injury.
Venezuela went ahead when Alejandro Guerra spotted Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera off his line and launched an audacious 50-yard effort that Muslera did well to tip onto the crossbar but Rondon was alert to the rebound and reacted quickest to turn the ball into the net.La Vinotinto came close to doubling their advantage in the 68th minute when Adalberto Penaranta broke clear but Muslera turned his attempt away.
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Edinson Cavani, who had gone close twice in the first half, should have equalised a minute from time but fired narrowly wide when through one-on-one with Jose Contreras.And with Muslera in the box for a late corner, Venezuela could have added a second when the clearance found Romolu Otero but his attempt at the unguarded goal drifted inches wide.
Goals from Javier Hernandez and Oribe Peralta helped Mexico to a 2-0 victory over Jamaica and a place in the Copa America Centenario quarterfinals on Thursday.Hernandez pulled free from his marker near the penalty spot to head in a Jesus “Tecatito” Corona cross from the left wing in the 18th minute.Peralta then finished first-time nine minutes from time to seal Mexico’s ninth straight win since coach Juan Carlos Osorio took over.