Copa América: Mexico through as group winners after draw with Venezuela

Jesus Corona’s goal in the 80th minute gave Mexico a 1-1 draw with Venezuela on Monday night and first place in Group C of the Copa América.

Corona had missed several opportunities to score before he took on five defenders before firing in from 10 yards to tie the score and thrill the overwhelmingly pro-Mexico crowd.

By winning their group, El Tri are set to avoid a quarter-final with Lionel Messi and tournament favorite Argentina. They’re likely headed for an easier – although still challenging – match-up with Chile in the knockout round, leaving Venezuela to face the Argentinians.

Venezuela surprised Mexico with an early goal. Jose Manuel Velazquez gave Venezuela the lead in the 10th minute after pouncing on a header from Christian Santos and volleying the ball home.

Venezuela had a chance to take the lead in the 84th minute, but goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona saved a bicycle kick by Josef Martinez.


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