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2016 CAC: Hernandez, Peralta lead Mexico past Jamaica
Mexico's Jesús Corona (left) and Garath McCleary of Jamaica fight for the ball in the Copa América Centenario on June 10, 2016, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo: Concacaf)

MIAMI, Florida – This Friday at 7:00 PM ET, Concacaf will be airing a re-broadcast of two matches from the 2016 Copa America Centenario, the first being the all-Concacaf affair between the United States and Costa Rica, followed by Mexico versus Jamaica. Both matches will be shown on Concacaf’s Facebook and YouTube pages, plus the Concacaf App.

The site of this all-Concacaf affair in Group C was the familiar setting of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Mexico arrived into the encounter fresh off of a confidence-boosting 3-1 victory against Uruguay, while Jamaica was looking to bounce back after an opening 1-0 defeat to Venezuela.

The Reggae Boyz enjoyed a strong start and came within inches of breaking the deadlock in the 7’ when Clayton Donaldson curled a right-footed a shot that bounced just wide of the far post.

It was a let-off that would prove costly to the Caribbean side, as Mexico would take a 1-0 lead in the 18’ through star FW Javier Hernandez, who collected a Jesus Corona cross from the left flank and spun in a header past Jamaica GK Andre Blake for a 1-0 Mexico lead.

But Jamaica were undaunted and in the 35’ they looked set to equalize off the foot of MF Garath McCleary, only to see his shot strike the back of a teammate and bounce away.

Four minutes later there was another gilt-edged chance for Jamaica to pull level, with Michael Hector receiving a pass inside the area and only Mexico GK Guillermo Ochoa to beat, but the legendary El Tricolor stopper came up with a big save to maintain Mexico’s one-goal lead.

Mexico regrouped in the second half and had a bevy of chances to double the margin, but there was no way past Blake, who made a number of key interventions and saves to keep his team within striking distance.

Mexico’s efforts in attack would finally pay off though in the 81’, as Oribe Peralta scored to make it 2-0 and all but seal the three points. Peralta started the play by slipping in a pass to Hirving Lozano, who surged down the left flank before playing a cut-back pass to MF Hector Herrera. The bounce from Herrera’s second touch fell right into the path of the trailing Peralta and the veteran goal-scorer swung a left-footed shot that banked off the far post and into goal to complete the final scoreline.
 

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