Mexico players (pictured) celebrate after scoring against Uruguay in a Copa America Centenario match on June 5, 2016, in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo: Mexsport)
ORLANDO, Florida -- With all teams having played their first group match, CONCACAF.com takes a look back what CONCACAF’s representatives have been doing in the Copa America Centenario.
Mexico 3, Uruguay 1: This Group C encounter had a little bit of everything, including four goals, the tournament’s first own-goal, two red cards and a packed raucous stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The match was closer than the final score, with Rafael Marquez’s goal making it 2-1 in the 85th minute, before Hector Herrera added another in the second minute of stoppage time.
Panama 2, Bolivia 1: On a slick field in Orlando, Florida, Panama took all three points from a match with plenty of chances on both ends, when Blas Perez popped up to guide home an Abdiel Arroyo feed in the 87th minute. Perez had also netted the opener 76 minutes earlier. Bolivia leveled through Juan Carlos Arce.
Rafael Marquez, Mexico (v Uruguay): The 37-year-old Mexico captain gave his side the lead for good in the 85th minute of an eventual 3-1 victory. Marquez took Raul Jimenez’s pass from the right and smashed a finish into the top right corner.
Blas Perez, Panama (v Bolivia): The veteran forward scored the first of his two goals when he hammered a sliding half-volley off Alberto Quintero’s left-sided cross to give his side a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. That was international goal No. 40, before No. 41 provided the winner in a 2-1 victory.
Andre Blake, Jamaica (v Venezuela): With the 10-man Reggae Boyz trailing 1-0 in their Group C opener, Blake kept his side within striking distance in the 70th minute, diving low to his right to keep out Wilker Angel’s header.
Johnny Placide, Haiti (v Peru): As Peru pressured in the Group B encounter, Placide came to the rescue, when he smothered Renzon Revoredo’s shot from the six-yard box in the 59th minute. Paolo Guerrero, however, struck two minutes later to score the only goal of the game for the Peruvians.
Kervens Belfort, Haiti (v Peru): Four minutes into second-half stoppage time, Belfort missed a glorious chance to equalize against Peru and give Haiti a precious point in Group B. Instead, he headed Jeff Louis’ dipping cross wide of the right-near post from close range.
Clint Dempsey, United States (v Colombia): The veteran came close to scoring a couple times for the host. After missing narrowly wide from distance in the first half, his 24-yard free kick in the 64th minute was headed for the top corner if not for David Ospina’s sprawling save.
Michael Hector, Jamaica (v Venezuela): Needing an equalizer, the Reggae Boyz nearly found it when Hector got free on the left. From near the corner of the penalty area, he curled a right-footed effort beyond goalkeeper Dani Hernandez’s dive, only for it to strike the outside of the right post.
DeAndre Yedlin, USA (v Colombia): With the host already trailing Colombia 1-0 in the Group A opener, Yedlin was whistled for a handball from Farid Diaz’s cross. James Rodriguez’s converted the subsequent penalty kick in the 42nd minute.
Kendall Waston, Costa Rica (v Paraguay): Waston helped the Ticos record a shutout to open its Group A schedule, but he was red carded for a tackle on Nelson Valdez deep into stoppage time, incurring a one-match ban and will miss the next match against the USA.
TOP TEAM PERFORMANCE
Mexico (v Uruguay): Against one of South America’s more storied sides, the seven-time CONCACAF Gold Cup champion out-possessed and outshot Uruguay by a healthy margin. It also showed the ability to respond from adversity, scoring twice after Diego Godin’s 74th-minute equalizer.
TOP INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE
Blas Perez, Panama (v Bolivia): The 35-year-old turned back time over 90 minutes, proving a menace throughout and showing enough stamina to pop up for an 87th-minute winner. His brace was the only one scored through the first round of group play matches.
ONE LAST THING
There are only two matches during the group phase that pit CONCACAF opponents against each other, and both come in the second round of group matches. The United States and Costa Rica meet Tuesday in Group A, with both likely needing to win to prolong quarterfinal hopes. On Thursday, Jamaica will want three points against a Mexico side trying to expand its Group C lead.