Late surge pushes Mexico past Uruguay

Rafael Marquez (left) and Raul Jimenez (right) celebrate after Mexico scored against Uruguay in a Copa America Centenario match in Glendale, Arizona, on June 5, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport) 

GLENDALE, Arizona – Rafael Marquez broke a tie in the 85th minute as Mexico opened its Copa America Centenario campaign with a 3-1 win over Uruguay on Sunday night in front of 60,025 fans at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Both sides were reduced to 10 players. Uruguay’s Matias Vecino was ejected just before halftime and Andres Guardado was sent off in the 73rd minute, with CONCACAF Gold Cup champion ahead 1-0.

A minute after Guardado left pitch, the South Americans leveled off a Diego Godin header.

Mexico took the initial advantage in the fourth minute, when Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira headed into his own net.

Marquez fired in with his right foot from eight-yards after a deflected ball fell into his path, while Hector Herrera netted an insurance goal in the second minute of stoppage time.

The Mexicans occupy first place on goal difference over Venezuela, which defeated Jamaica 1-0 earlier in the day.

Both sides return to action Thursday. In a 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final rematch, Mexico will take on Jamaica in Pasadena, California. Uruguay will look to bounce back against Venezuela in Philadelphia.

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