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Tuesday 23 of July 2024

Corona Stunner Earns Mexico Top Spot in Copa Group


Mexico forward Jesús Manuel Corona celebrates with teammates after his wonder goal,photo: Reuters/Troy Taormina, USA Today Sports
Mexico forward Jesús Manuel Corona celebrates with teammates after his wonder goal,photo: Reuters/Troy Taormina, USA Today Sports
Jesús Manuel "Tecatito" Corona earned Mexico the point they needed to avoid Argentina in the next round

Mexico‘s Jesús Manuel “Tecatito” Corona weaved his way past five players before firing home in the 80th minute to give his side a 1-1 draw with Venezuela that secured top spot in Group C of the Copa América on Monday.

Venezuela defender Jose Manuel Velázquez celebrates after scoring a goal against Mexico. Photo: Reuters/Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports
Venezuela defender José Manuel Velázquez celebrates after scoring a goal against Mexico. Photo: Reuters/Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports

By topping the group Mexico are likely to avoid Argentina in the quarter-finals. Argentina require just a point in their final game against Bolivia to be sure of top spot in Group D.

Mexico and Venezuela each finished with seven points from their three matches but “El Tri” had a superior goal difference.

Venezuela had seized the advantage in the 10th minute when José Manuel Velázquez silenced the pro-Mexico crowd in Houston with a sensational overhead kick.

Venezuela’s Josef Martínez came close to scoring with a bicycle kick but Mexico goalkeeper José de Jesús Corona saved well. Venezuela keeper Daniel Hernández also produced a string of saves before conceding his first goal of the tournament.

 Jesús Manuel Corona showed dazzling quality during the game. Photo: Reuters/Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports
Jesús Manuel Corona showed dazzling quality during the game. Photo: Reuters/Troy Taormina, USA TODAY Sports

In the group’s other match, Uruguay finished the tournament on a high with a 3-0 victory over Jamaica in Santa Clara, California.

With both teams already eliminated after losing their opening two games, Uruguay went ahead through Abel Hernández in the 21st minute, doubled their lead on an own goal in the 66th minute before Mathias Corujo made it 3-0.

Jamaica ended the tournament without picking up a point or scoring a goal.