Uruguay breaks five-game Copa America winless streak, defeat Jamaica 3-0

  • AP, Santa Clara
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2016 10:59 IST
Players of Uruguay celebrate an own-goal by Jamaica's Je-Vaughn Watson during their Copa America match. (AFP Photo)

Abel Hernandez scored in the first half and Mathias Corujo added a late breakaway goal as Uruguay beat Jamaica 3-0 on Monday to end 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.

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