RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Luis Suarez of Uruguay celebrates scoring the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Mexico and Uruguay at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Copa America 2011, Mexico Vs. Uruguay: Alvaro Pereira Goal Guides Uruguay To Victory

Uruguay has defeated Mexico to finish second in Group C and qualify for the quarterfinals, where they will face Argentina.

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Copa America 2011, Mexico Vs. Uruguay Final Score: Uruguay Advances After 1-0 Victory

Uruguay are through to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Copa America after defeating Mexico by a final score of 1-0, sending El Tri's sub-22 side back home in time for the start of the Mexican Primera season, but it could have been much worse for the underdogs. Mexico were well and truly beaten by Uruguay, but stars Luis Suarez and Diego Forlan just didn't have their shooting boots on. Neither scored, when they could have easily had six goals between them. The lone goal scorer was Alvaro Pereira, who tapped in a poacher's effort off of a free kick and a Luis Michel error.

Still, there's a slight sense of injustice around the final result for a couple of reasons. One, because Mexico had a good goal disallowed. In the second half, Rafael Marquez Lugo scored for El Tri, but his goal was ruled offside. Marquez was not, in fact, offside. That goal could have been the catalyst that got Mexico back into the game, but it wasn't to be.

The second reason is because Uruguay's win doesn't set them up with any kind of reward. Had Marquez's equalizer stood and the game finished at 1-1, that would have been a better result for Uruguay. As the third placed team, they could have faced any of the grab bag of Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil or Paraguay. Now, they have a date with hosts Argentina


Copa America 2011, Mexico Vs. Uruguay: Quarterfinal Scenarios

It's impossible for Uruguay to win Group C in the 2011 Copa America after Chile's win in the early match, while Mexico could never win the group, but there are still three different scenarios in play for tonight's game. Uruguay and Mexico both have a chance to advance, and Uruguay can do it with just a draw. Pending Group B's results, a draw might actually be more beneficial than a win. Confused? I can explain.

If Mexico win: Mexico are through to the quarterfinals in third place while Uruguay are eliminated. It is possible that Mexico could face any of Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil or Venezuela

If the match is a draw: Uruguay advance in third place and Mexico is eliminated. It is possible that Mexico could face any of Colombia, Paraguay, Brazil or Venezuela.

If Uruguay win: Uruguay advance in second place and Mexico is eliminated. Uruguay would play Argentina.

See why a win might not be a good thing? Obviously, Uruguay are wading in dangerous waters if they play for 0-0, but a win isn't actually in their best interests. Though, the neutrals probably won't mind a Uruguay-Argentina quarterfinal.


Copa America 2011, Mexico Vs. Uruguay: Lineups

It's pretty simple for both Mexico and Uruguay heading into their final match in Group C of Copa America. If Uruguay wins, they're through to the knockout stage. If Mexico wins, they are through to the group stage. Draw and the Uruguayans go on while Mexico goes home. There's no goal difference or anything like that to figure out. Win, lose, draw, that's all we have to know.

With that in mind, Mexico is mostly going with the players they have gone with all tournament. There is Giovani dos Santos in the attack and not much else, while they are strong at the back with Hiram Mier and Hector Reynoso in front of Luis Michel. Uruguay is going to be shorthanded as Edinson Cavani misses out with a knee injury he suffered in the last match, meaning that Diego Forlan will have to play much better than he has to this point in the tournament.

Mexico: Luis Michel, Paul Aguilar, Hiram Mier, Hector Reynoso, Nestor Araujo, Darvin Chavez, Diego Reyes, Jorge Enriquez, Javier Aquino, Giovani dos Santos, Rafael Marquez Lugo

Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Maxi Pereira, Diego Lugano, Sebastian Coates, Alvaro Pereira, Alvaro Gonzalez, Diego Perez, Egidio Arevalo Rios, Cristian Rodriguez, Diego Forlan, Luis Suarez


Copa America 2011, Mexico Vs. Uruguay: Preview

Thanks to Mexico having their best players sent home for hooking up with prostitutes and Uruguay...being crap I guess...the two highly rated international sides are sitting in the bottom two places of Group C in the 2011 Copa America. For both, their mission is simple. No math, no fiddling with goal differential. If Mexico wins, they're in the quarterfinals. If any other result happens, Uruguay are in the quarterfinals. Easy enough.

Uruguay has struggled so far in this tournament, despite their incredible talent. Edinson Cavani, whose past two Serie A seasons with Napoli and Palermo have been terrific, has been poor so far. Luis Suarez has been a bit better, but not as good as he has been in the past. Diego Forlan isn't particularly awful, but looks like a shell of the man who won the World Cup's Golden Ball.

Mexico are overly reliant on Giovani dos Santos to do absolutely everything for them, and that won't change on Tuesday night. Thankfully for El Tri's supporters, Uruguay's midfield has been off their game, but Gio still shouldn't be able to power through Uruguay on his own.

At the end of the day, Uruguay are a much deeper team than Mexico and shouldn't be undone by one very good player. It would be downright shocking to see them fail to get the draw they need to advance to the quarterfinals, and a win seems pretty likely.

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