Uruguay tops Mexico for Pan American Games gold

(ABOVE) Players from Mexico receive their silver medals after falling to Uruguay in the Pan American Games gold medal match on July 26, 2015, in Hamilton, Canada.

HAMILTON, Canada – Brian Lozano scored in the first half and Uruguay earned a 1-0 win over 10-man Mexico in the gold medal game of the Pan American Games before a capacity crowd of 23,000 at Tim Hortons Field on Sunday.

Uruguay last won the competition in 1983 in Caracas, Venezuela.

Lozano struck in the 11th minute, curling his free kick past the wall and the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Manuel Lajud.

The goal came just after Jorge Espericueta’s free kick was denied by diving Uruguayan goalkeeper Guillermo De Amores.

Michael Santos had a chance to add an insurance goal for the South Americans only for Lajud to thwart the unmarked forward’s attempt from just outside the six-yard box.

Mexico pressed for the tying goal and came close in the 66th minute, but Angel Zaldivar put his attempt, following a corner kick, wide of the target.

The CONCACAF power was reduced to 10 men four minutes from full time, when Jordan Silva received a straight red card.

Mexico captured a pair of soccer medals in the tournament with the women winning bronze on Friday night, beating host Canada, 2-1.