GLENDALE — A Rafael Marquez 85th minute strike and a stoppage time goal by Hector Herrera helped Mexico seal a 3-1 victory over Uruguay in the first day of action from Group C in Copa America Centenario.
This was the first great game of a tournament that was off to a slow start. Here are the biggest takeaways of the game
1 – Osorio’s Mark
For the first time the fans were able to see style of play that head head coach Juan Carlos Osorio wants to impose.
Under Osorio moves the ball from one side to another to create space when attacking and also the diagonal long balls were a big part of the strategy.
It was through this style of play that Mexico went up in the game in the fourth minute after Rafael Marquez found Andres Guardado in space with a diagonal pass to the left and Guardado who tried to serve the ball to Hector Herrera found the head of defender Alvaro Pereira who sent into his own net.
2 – Costly mistakes
Overall Mexico made a great impression on their debut, however there were a few mistakes that the teams needs to work on if they want to be contenders.
The biggest problem at the back was forcing Hector Moreno to play as a left back, in several occasions Uruguay found space behind Moreno. In the 30th minute Edinson Cavani found space in behind and found himself on a one on one with Alfredo Talavera who saved Mexico from the draw.
Also a bad giveaway at the start of the second half generated a big counter attack for Uruguay which ended with a Diego Rolan miss.
3 – Uruguay’s second half
Despite going down to 10 men Uruguay made the appropriate adjustments at half time strengthening the midfield and focused in keeping possession of the ball and manage to create enough chances to level the game in the 74th minute with a Diego Godin header.
4 – Going for it
First place of the group was at stake in this match, neither wants to face Argentina in quarterfinals and therefore both went on the offensive to try to win the game.
Mexico got another midfielder into the game and regained control of the ball, their efforts gave them dividends in the 85th minute with a great strike from Marquez to the top corner of a corner kick.
Mexico had another two chances to increase their lead, which they did in the 92nd minute and two minutes later Jimenez header wasn’t powerful enough to beat Fernando Muslera.
Uruguay will now face Venezuela at the Lincoln Financial Field in Phildelphia, while Mexico will take on Jamaica at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, both games will be on June 9.