Uruguay Finish Copa America With Win Over Jamaica

Jamaica finished the Copa America Centenario without scoring a goal as they were defeated by Uruguay 3-0 in each side’s final group-stage match on Monday evening in Santa Clara, California.

After each team had lost their first two group-stage matches, both were eliminated from reaching the knockout rounds. However, the Reggae Boyz were still eager to grab their first ever Copa America win while Uruguay were looking to end a disappointing Copa America campaign on a high note.

Hull City’s Abel Hernández was played on goal via a tremendous through ball by Nicolás Lodeiro, before finishing into the roof of the net to give Uruguay a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute. An onrushing Andre Blake was unable to reach the ball before Hernández got his shot away, his 11th goal for Uruguay.

An own goal by New England Revolution defender Je-Vaughn Watson in the 66th minute sealed the points for Uruguay as the Jamaican clumsily deflected a low cross into his own net.

Polish was added to the Uruguayan victory with two minutes remaining in regular time when Mathias Carujo Diaz out-muscled the Jamaican defense to break in on goal and score. The Universidad de Chile midfielder out-paced those on the Manaican back line and fired a hard drive past Blake, leaving the MLS goalkeeper with no chance.

The 3-0 win gives Uruguay a final pleasant memory from an otherwise disappointing tournament, while Jamaica still are without a goal in their six total Copa America matches.

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