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Mexico v Uruguay Live Commentary, 6/5/16

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Á. Pereira (4 og)
R. Márquez (85)
H. Herrera (90+2)
D. Godín (74)
State Farm Stadium


That all set the scene for a memorable finish, as El Tri score two late in front of a predominantly Mexican crowd to move to the top of Group C after one round of matches. That's all for our live coverage, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
Wild scenes in Glendale as late goals from Rafa Marquez and Hector Herrera send the 10-man El Tri off to a flying start against the 10-man Celeste. Mexico went ahead early, and looked poised to add to their lead when Vecino was issued a second yellow, but Guardado was shown red in the 73rd minute and Uruguay promptly equalised through Diego Godin.
R. Jiménez
Yellow Card
Jimenez is booked, but he hardly cares at this point. Mexico on course for three points!
R. Jiménez
Jimenez picks up the assist for his wonderfully improvised flick-on at the near post.
H. Herrera
GOAAAAAAAAAL DE MEXICO! The stadium sent to euphoria as El Tri hit back on the counter and put the game to bed! Lozano does so well down the left, picking out Jimenez at the near post, and he flicks it on for Herrera who slots a header into the empty net!
There will be four minutes added on at the end of this match... plenty of time for an equaliser... or a third for Mexico.
The noise level in the stadium is off the charts. The Mexican supporters are screaming their hearts out in celebration, urging their side to see this absolutely crazy game through to the final whistle. It's all hands on deck now for Uruguay.
Muted celebrations from Marquez, the savvy vet, who acts like he's been there before - and he absolutely has. Uruguay protest furiously as they claim there was an offside in the build-up, but they hardly have much of a case.
R. Márquez
THE SKIPPER COMES THROUGH AT THE DEATH! Absolute scenes in this Group C match! The ball comes to Marquez following a corner, and he doesn't have much room to put the finish from a tight angle, but he punishes a sensational strike into the top corner on the near side!
G. Ramírez
C. Sánchez
Gaston Ramirez enters the fray, with Sanchez giving way for the final five minutes.
D. Godín
Yellow Card
THE REFEREE HAS TAKEN THIS GAME OVER! Emotion is running high and Godin lashes out at a Mexican player, and the referee rushes across to show him yellow with real emphasis. He's showboating now, it seems.
R. Jiménez
J. Hernández
Raul Jimenez is on for the last seven minutes, with Chicharito giving way. Can the Benfica striker have his say?
DEFLECTED WIDE! Chicharito makes a wonderful diagonal run behind the defence, in what is likely his last contribution of the match, but a sensational recovery from Maxi Pereira sees the right-back block the shot behind!
Mexico test Muslera again from range, this time through Herrera, but it's Uruguay who are on top at the moment. Mexico are readying Raul Jimenez, as both teams appear prepared to have an honest go at it over the final 20 minutes.
It's 10 against 10 out on the pitch as we enter the final 10 minutes, and it's all square. We're headed for a terrific finish in Arizona, in what has been the best game of the 2016 Copa America to date.
STAT: This is the second time Uruguay and Mexico face each other in a Copa America opening game, after the 2004 clash was drawn 2-2.
C. Sánchez
Picture-perfect cross from Carlos Sanchez to pick out the head of Godin!
D. Godín
GOAAAAAAAL FOR URUGUAY! What a remarkable turn of events! Godin latches onto the end of a free-kick and powers a header beyond Talavera! This is absolutely unbelievable!
GUARDADO SENT PACKING! Oh my word what a shocking turn of events this is! Something happens behind the play after a Mexico foul, and the referee turns around and hands Guardado a second yellow card! This is absolutely unbelievable! It happens minutes after a member of the Mexico staff was sent to the stands.
ONTO THE ROOF OF THE NET! Talavera ends up in no man's land as he rushes out to collect a free-kick, but fails. It's kept alive at the far post and headed back into the danger area where Cavani meets it, but lifts his effort over the bar!
TERRIFIC SAVE! Lozano sprints down the left on a probing run and picks out Chicharito with an equally impressive cross. The striker slides in to meet it, but his re-direction is kept out by a diving Muslera!
M. Pereira
Yellow Card
Maxi Pereira slides in with a late challenge in an attempt to win the ball back, and he goes into the referee's book.
It hardly looks like Uruguay are playing down a man. It's been very even out on the pitch, and the tempo is quickly picking up as we approach the final 25 minutes. Shots on target are proving hard to come by, but it looks like we're in for an exciting finish.
STAT: Mexico have won four of their nine Copa America debuts (D2, L3), but just one of their last four opening games (D2, L1).
J. Dueñas
J. Corona
Jesus Duenas comes on here to replace Corona, who's had a relatively quiet game tonight.
A. Hernández
D. Rolan
Rolan will be left stewing about the missed chance as he's brought off for the final 30 minutes, to be replaced by Abel Hernandez.
J. Giménez
Yellow Card
Gimenez cynically takes out Chicharito, and the referee is quick to his pocket to pull out the yellow card.
SHOCKING MISS! I mean that's almost unbelievable! Uruguay break in numbers and have three against one in the final third. Rolan is played clean through by Cavani, but he rolls his finish wide of the near post!
Uruguay, despite playing with just 10 men, are looking an entirely different side since the restart. They're playing much more direct in possession, and threatening to create. Mexico need to get back to what they were doing so well in the first half, dominating the midfield third.
H. Lozano
J. Aquino
Aquino, who has been wonderful tonight, has slowed a bit and Mexico preemptively take him off. Herving Lozano, a highly touted prospect from Pachuca, is the one to take his place.
After a nervy start to the second half, Mexico are back in possession and dictating the tempo in the attacking half. Guardado is back on the pitch as well, which is a great sight for the Mexican supporters.
STAT: Uruguay have found the net in all five Copa America encounters against Mexico – El Tri failed to score just once, in the last meeting in 2011.
BUNDLED WIDE! A real cluster in the Mexico penalty area following a corner, and it looks like Cavani gets the final touch as the ball trickles inches wide of the near post! Mexico break quickly, and Guardado is brought down with a really harsh challenge that forces the training staff to come on and take a look.
Uruguay start off encouragingly, actually working to get in possession and keep it - and it's working. They win a pair of free-kicks on the flanks, both of which are defended admirably by Mexico, however.
Á. González
N. Lodeiro
Alvaro Gonzalez comes on for the second half to replace Lodeiro.
We're underway in the second half!
Abel Hernandez of Hull City and Gaston Ramirez of Middlesbrough, both of whom had excellent seasons in the Championship in getting their teams promoted, are available off the bench for Uruguay. Oscar Tabarez has some important decisions to make to avoid what could be a disastrous second half.
It started bad for Uruguay, as the wrong national anthem played ahead of kick-off, and it only got worse. Alvaro Pereira's own-goal inside five minutes put Mexico ahead, and they spent the bulk of the first half parked in defence - and it figures to be more of the same for them in the second half as Uruguay had Vecino sent off directly before the interval.
URUGUAY DOWN TO 10 MEN! It's an incredibly harsh call on Vecino! It looked a lot worse originally than it did in the replay. The midfielder misses the ball and kicks out at a Mexican player, but hardly makes contact! He goes down in a heap, and the referee has a second to think before sending him packing!
HE CAN'T TAKE IT SOON ENOUGH! Aquino, because who else, makes a terrific run and picks out a superb diagonal ball for Chicharito, who's clean through on goal. The Leverkusen striker hesitates momentarily, however, which allows Jimenez to make an exquisite recovery challenge!
Into the last five minutes now and Uruguay desperately need to get this game into the interval and regroup. They have plenty of options off the bench to draw upon and change up the formation a bit, with Cavani in desperate need of a strike partner.
STAT: The Celeste have lost only one of their last five debut games in the Copa America (0-3 vs Peru in 2007), winning two and drawing two.
The longer Uruguay are made to sit back and defend, the more frustration starts to build in their side. The foul count is rising at an alarming rate, and now Aquino is down after a cynical challenge right in front of the Mexican bench.
CLOSE TO A SECOND! Aquino can't be stopped! Another sensational run and delivery into the area is poised to be met by Chicharito, but Herrera arrives first and deflects a weak header out the other side of the area and away from the striker - he would have had a sitter!
After a decent spell in attack for Uruguay, Mexico are camped out again in the attacking half. Aquino is sprung through down the right and sends in an inviting cross, but Gimenez manages to sniff it out.
HE HAD TO FINISH THAT! Cavani times his diagonal run brillaintly to get played through behind the defence by Lodeiro, but he's thwarted at the near post by Talavera! The PSG striker had only the keeper to beat, but couldn't ripple the back of the net.
STAT: These sides have met five times in the Copa America, with Mexico winning twice and Uruguay once (D2). La Celeste won the most recent clash, 1-0 in 2011 – Alvaro Pereira scoring the game’s only goal after 15 minutes.
M. Vecino
Yellow Card
Bit of revenge for Uruguay on Guardado as Vecino trips him up at the halfway line, rather cynically, with his trailing foot.
A. Guardado
Yellow Card
Guardado picks up the first booking of the match, catching Sanchez dangerously from behind with a slightly belated challenge.
For what it's worth, Alvaro Pereira's own goal was the fastest one of it's kind in Copa America history. El Tri continue to run riot in the attacking half, with Uruguay struggling to close their gaps and take space away from these Mexican midfielders.
Aquino drifts over to the left now, where he's making waves yet again! The UANL winger picks up possession and cuts in onto his right, but his well-struck effort is straight at Muslera! Decent effort, that, from Aquino who has been excellent in this first half.
Mexico aren't on the ascendency anymore, they're flat out dominating. Uruguay look completely overwhelmed by the waves of Mexican pressure, and their loose passing in midfield is keeping them hemmed in at the back.
STAT: Uruguay have not conceded more than one goal in their last 10 Copa America games, winning all four matches in which they kept a clean sheet in (D4, L2).
Aquino wins a corner, and the right-hand side is turning into a real area of concern for Uruguay. Alvaro Pereira is struggling to find the pace he needs to contain Aquino and Araujo on the overlap. Herrera and Guardado are spraying the ball about brilliantly.
The tempo has slowed a bit after a rampant start, but Mexico are still beaming with confidence - a 19-game unbeaten run will do that to a team. Their interplay in midfield is excellent, as is their movement off the ball.
Slowly Uruguay are starting to find their footing, looking to recover from a horrid start to proceedings. They're getting a bit more time on the ball, though have yet to penetrate the attacking third. Cavani is shockingly isolated up top, but Rolan is starting to move higher up the pitch to provide a bit of support.
Corona races 30 yards to chase down an errant pass, keeping it in play and allowing Mexico to retain possession. That one bit of effort epitomises Mexico's work ethic in these opening 10 minutes - they came to play.
STAT: In the last meeting in 2011 Uruguay fired 22 total shots (only six for Mexico); more than Uruguay have managed in any other game in the last two editions of the Copa America.
Mexico have a real spring in their step, undoubtedly buoyed by the wealth of supporters in attendance. Uruguay have hardly had a touch of the ball, which has been firmly contained in the Celeste end, and they're already down a goal. This isn't at all going according to plan for the 2011 champions.
A. Guardado
Guardado with a terrific assist to get Mexico's campaign off to a flying start!
Á. Pereira
Own Goal
DREAM START FOR EL TRI! Merelt seconds after the clock strikes three minutes, Guardado lifts a sensational cross in from the left and with Herrera running on to meet it, Alvaro Pereira heads into his own goal!
A bit of a tactical move from Juan Carlos Osorio, who gave every indication of a 4-3-3, but as the match kicks-off, Marquez drops into the centre of defence, making it more of a 5-2-3.
WE'RE UNDERWAY IN GLENDALE! Mexico in their white shirts, attack left to right, with Uruguay sporting their light blue.
They didn't play the Uruguayan national anthem! They got the songs mixed up, apparently, playing the Chilean national anthem - a real embarrassment from the technical staff inside the stadium. There's no reaction from the Uruguay players, but perhaps that will add a bit of fuel to their fire this evening.
There's a massive contingent of Mexican supporters, with a rather large Hispanic contingent in the state of Arizona boosting their support. Their anthem is sung with plenty of gusto, but not to be outdone, the Uruguay fans in attendance are doing their best to make their voice heard, creating a terrific atmosphere inside the stadium.
No surprises at the back for Oscar Tabarez's side, as Atletico duo Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin form the centre-half pairing, with the Pereira's - Alvaro and Maxi - filling the wing-back roles. Fernando Muslera and his 79 caps starts in goal.
With Luis Suarez unavailable as a result of an injury picked up in the Copa del Rey, Edinson Cavani leads the line for the Celeste tonight. Carlos Sanchez, who plays his club football with Monterrey in Mexico, provides support on the flanks along with Bordeaux's Diego Rolan. Nicolas Lodeiro, Matias Vecino and Arevalo Rios forming a trio in midfield, as Cristian Rodriguez, Abel Hernandez, Alvaro Gonzalez and Gaston Ramirez all on the bench.
Javier Hernandez leads line, supported by Javier Aquino and Jesus Corona. El Tri have a number of attacking options off the bench as well, with Herving Lozano, Raul Jimenez and Oribe Peralta licking their lips for their chance.
Juan Carlos Osorio hands Santos Laguna right-back Nestor Araujo a start, with Porto's Miguel Layun on the opposite flank. Diego Reyes and Hector Moreno are partners in central-defence, with Rafa Marquez pushing up into a holding midfield role. Hector Herrera and Andres Guardado play directly in front of him, and behind the front three.
SUBS: Fucile, Laxalt, Hernandez, Ramirez, Stuani, Campana, Victorino, Corujo, G. Silva, Alvaro, M. Silva.
URUGUAY (4-5-1): Muslera; M. Pereira, Gimenez, Godin, A. Pereira; Sanchez, Vecino, Arevalo, Lodeiro, Rolan; Cavani.
SUBS: Jose Corona, Y. Corona, Torres, Ochoa, Peralta, Duenas, Pena, Aguilar, Molina, Lozano, Jimenez.
MEXICO (4-3-3): Talavera; Araujo, Reyes, Moreno, Layun; Herrera, Marquez, Guardado; Aquino, Jesus Corona, Chicharito.
Uruguay were narrowly defeated by hosts, and eventual champions, Chile in the quarter-finals of last summer’s tournament. They had reached the semi-finals in each of the five tournaments previous, and there’s every reason to believe they can do the same again in 2016 – as the perennial title challengers hope to repeat their success of 2011.
Mexico finished bottom of their group at the 2015 Copa America, but brought far very much a back-up squad with them to Chile. Juan Carlos Osorio has only selected the best of the best this time around, and with a strong flavour of Mexican support expected to make the short trip north of the border, El Tri should be very much considered title contenders.
Hello and welcome to live coverage from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, as Mexico and Uruguay battle for a crucial three points that would see them take a stranglehold on Group C!