Marquez, Herrera score late, Mexico beats Uruguay 3-1

ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 06, 2016 10:23 AM
Marquez, Herrera score late, Mexico beats Uruguay 3-1
Uruguay midfielder Egidio Arevalo (17) defends against Mexico forward Jesus Manuel Corona (10) during the second half of a Copa America group C soccer match at University of Phoenix Stadium, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer


Rafa Marquez and Hector Herrera scored late goals to lift Mexico over Uruguay 3-1 in an opening-round Copa America match Sunday night.

Marquez's close-range shot in the 84th minute broke a 1-1 tie and Herrera's header from just outside the net added another score in extra time.

Mexico's other score was an own-goal by Uruguay's Alvaro Pereira four minutes into the match. Marquez's score came 10 minutes after Diego Godin's header tied it for Uruguay at 1-1.

A vastly pro-Mexico crowd of 60,025 watched the matchup of what are considered the top teams in the tournament's Group C.

The evening began on an odd note when the wrong national anthem was played for Uruguay in the pre-match ceremonies.

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