Mexico beat Jamaica to go into Copa America last eight

Mexico beat Jamaica to go into Copa America last eight

A capacity crowd watched as Mexico won 2-0 against Jamaica at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, to book their progression into the quarters of the Copa America Centenario. Two goals from Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Oribe Peralta ensured El Tri are now top of Group C on goal difference over Venezuela with six points from two matches.

It was Jamaica, however, who had the first chance of the game in the seventh minute, but forward Clayton Donaldson could only see his shot go wide off the goal post, after a through pass saw him with only Mexican keeper, Guillermo Ochoa, to beat.

Mexico then went on the ascendancy and got their just reward in the 18th minute. Jesus Corona’s cross from the left wing found an unmarked Hernandez and the Little Pea scored with a typical header to give his side the lead, and to move to within one goal shy of leveling Jared Borgetti’s national record of 46 goals.

It is not that Jamaica were pushovers. The Reggae Boyz did have the better of the first half chances, only to be rebuffed by Guillermo and a stubborn defense, with Garath McCleary and Michael Hector falling victim of the Mexican rearguard.

In this open and fast-paced affair, Jamaica felt they should have been awarded a penalty in the 64th minute, but Brazilian referee, Wilton Pereira Sampaio, ruled that Donaldson hadn’t been fouled by center back, Yasser Corona. 

Meanwhile the Mexicans were missing chances of their own, including Hernandez’s missing a header with the goal mouth wide open, whereas Jamaican keeper, Andre Blake and his defense were working hard to ensure the score line remained respectable.

It wasn’t to be. In the 81st minute, substitute Hirving Lozano beat the offside trap before squaring the ball to Hector Herrera. But before the FC Porto midfielder could square the ball for a shot, Peralta hit the ball first time past Blake and into the net to make it 2-0.

Mexico will face Venezuela at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Carlifornia in four days’ time, with the winner of that match most likely to avoid a potential match up against Argentina in the quarters. Meanwhile, Jamaica joins Haiti and Uruguay as the sides already bundled out of the Copa America.

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