Uruguay salvage some pride with 3-0 defeat of Jamaica

It was a case of too little, too late for Uruguay as they finally managed a win at the Copa America Centenario, beating strugglers Jamaica 3-0 in their final Group C game.

The fate of Uruguay, one of the pre-tournament favourites, was already sealed after defeats to Venezuela and Mexico saw them exit the Copa at the group stage for the first time since 1997.

Yet coach Oscar Tabarez named a strong side that featured Edinson Cavani, Diego Godin and Fernando Muslera.

Hull striker Abel Hernandez was one of the changes and it was he who opened the scoring in the 21st minute. Receiving a ball from Nicolas Lodeiro, Hernandez took one touch before shooting over the diving Andre Blake.

Uruguay went close to doubling their lead on many occasions, most notably when Edinson Cavani headed against a post.

The second goal finally came in the 65th minute, and in the most fortunate of circumstances, as Hernandez’s failure to connect with a cross saw the ball skip up and strike Jamaica defender Je-Vaughn Watson on the hand and bounce past Blake.

Uruguay sealed the win in the 88th minute when substitute Mathias Corujo fired across Blake after pouncing on a poor defensive header.

For Jamaica it was a sixth Copa America defeat out of six in a tournament in which they have yet to register a goal.