Mexico Scores Twice Late to Beat Uruguay After Musical Miscue


Adrian Mariappa, right, of Jamaica tangled with Rómulo Otero of Venezuela during the teams’ match on Sunday.

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Rafa Márquez and Héctor Herrera scored late goals to lift Mexico over Uruguay, 3-1, on Sunday night in Glendale, Ariz., in an opening-round Copa América Centenario match that began on a sour note: the wrong national anthem.

A vastly pro-Mexico crowd of 60,025 watched the matchup of what were considered the top teams in Group C.

Márquez’s close-range shot in the 84th minute broke a 1-1 tie, and Herrera scored on a header from just outside the net in extra time.

Mexico’s other score was an own-goal by Uruguay’s Alvaro Pereira four minutes into the match. Márquez’s goal came 10 minutes after Diego Godín’s header tied it for Uruguay at 1-1.

Chile’s national anthem was played instead of Uruguay’s during the prematch ceremonies, prompting the Uruguayan players to stand silently on the field at University of Phoenix Stadium, many with blank stares.

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