Mexico Scores Twice Late to Defeat Uruguay, 3-1, in Copa America Group Game

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Uruguay's Edinson Cavani (C) is marked by Mexico's Andres Guardado (L) and Hector Moreno during their Copa America Centenario football tournament match in Glendale, Arizona, United States, on June 5, 2016. / AFP / Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Goals by Rafael Marquez and Hector Herrera – the first in the 85th minute and the second in stoppage time – lifted Mexico to 3-1 win over outmanned Uruguay in the Copa America Centenario opener for both teams, played before a raucous pro-Mexico crowd of more than 60,000 Sunday.

The victory extended Mexico’s unbeaten streak to 20 games, the longest current streak in international soccer. But it didn’t come easily with Uruguay, playing a man down for the entire second half, rallying to tie the game on a Diego Godin header in the 73rd minute.

If the afternoon ended poorly for Uruguay, it got off to even worse start. First La Celeste took the field without injured striker Luis Suarez, then was made to stand at attention for the playing of the Chilean national anthem rather than its own.

Then the game started and things quickly went downhill. Less than four minutes after kickoff, defender Alvaro Pereira inadvertently headed in a cross from Mexico’s Andres Guardado to give El Tri a 1-0 lead. Just seconds before the intermission midfielder Matias Vecino was sent off with his second yellow card, forcing Uruguay to play the second half short-handed.

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