Uruguay snaps five-game Copa America winless streak
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 14, 2016 02:31 PM
Uruguay's Abel Hernandez (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against Jamaica during a Copa America Centenario Group C soccer match in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Abel Hernandez scored in the first half, Mathias Corujo added a late breakaway goal and Uruguay beat Jamaica 3-0 on Monday night to snap a five-game Copa America winless streak.
Both teams were ruled out of contention for the knockout stages after loses in their first two games. Mexico clinched Group C and advanced to the quarterfinals after tying Venezuela 1-1 Monday.
Uruguay took its first lead of the 2016 tournament in the 21st minute. Nicolas Lodeiro slid a through ball between two defenders and Hernandez powered a shot into the top of the goal. It was just Uruguay's second goal of the tournament.
Uruguay went ahead 2-0 in the 66th minute on Je-Vaughn Watson's own goal. Hernandez's errant one-touch in front of the goal ricocheted off Watson's right hand into the goal.
In the 88th, Corujo raced to win a glancing header of a long goal kick and he beat Jamaica goalkeeper Andre Blake in a one-on-one battle.
Jamaica was the only team to not score a goal in the tournament.