Reggae Boyz defeated in final Copa America gameGarath McCleary’s Jamaica were defeated in their final group game of the Copa America by a strong Uruguay side in an attacking contest in California.
15 time competition winners Uruguay boasted the likes of Paris Saint-Germain’s Edison Cavani, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin and Hull City’s Abel Hernandez in their starting line-up, with the latter opening the scoring after 21 minutes at the Levi’s Stadium.
Hernandez - who scored 26 goals last season to help Hull secure promotion to the Premier League - was played in by Nicolas Lodeiro, and the 25-year-old made no mistake with his finish to put the Uruguayans 1-0 ahead.
Reading’s McCleary was a danger for the Reggae Boyz throughout as his driven shot from just outside the box was well saved by goalkeeper Nestor Muslera as Jamaica looked to respond.
McCleary again went close a few moments later, with Uruguay struggling to deal with the Royals winger’s pace a movement.
The Uruguayans doubled their lead in fortunate fashion with Lodeiro and Hernandez both involved again. A dangerous cross from Lodeiro was touched by Hernandez, but the ball deflected into the net off an unfortunate Jevaughn Watson.
Edison Cavani continued to look threatening throughout having already hit the post earlier in the game, but it was Mathias Corujo who sealed the result with a well-taken finish in the 88th minute to wrap-up the win.
Jamaica did not progress from the group stage, but continue their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in September with fixtures against Panama and Haiti, so best of luck to Garath and the rest of the Reggae Boyz as they look to reach Russia in two-year’s time!