Copa America 2016 : Matchday 7 - Five talking points
Mexico and Venezuela booked a place in the last eight; Uruguay eliminated.
Matchday 7 in the Copa America Centenario witnessed perhaps the biggest upset when Uruguay were driven out of the competition by Venezuela after a 1-0 loss, leaving them empty-handed even after 2 games. Jamaica could have done a favour by winning their game shortly after, but Mexico gatecrashed to seal a 2-0 victory and ensure a berth in the quarter-finals alongside Venezuela.
Here are the major talking points from both set of games.
#1 Uruguay endure another Copa America disappointment
If going out limply in the quarter-finals last year was bad, this is worse. Not only are Uruguay out in the group stages, but are also on course to equal their worst Copa America performance since 1997, when they last exited in the first round.
The signs were there for all to see in the opening game defeat to Mexico as Los Charraus cut a forlorn figure. And although there were sparks of life against Venezuela, Uruguay were still not at their best and the result speaks for itself.
The tone was set when Barcelona ace Luis Suarez was deemed doubtful after sustaining a hamstring injury last month, and Oscar Tabarez’s side never really recovered from the blow. One of the favourites for the title, unfortunately, Uruguay are now bowing out of the competition with their tails in between their legs.