How Uruguay's Anger with the Referee Lost the Match with Mexico

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How Uruguay's Anger with the Referee Lost the Match with Mexico

The 2016 Copa America Centenario has finally woken up! Late Sunday night, Mexico battled Uruguay, with El Tri ultimately coming away with a 3-1 victory. The match certainly wasn’t without controversy, as Uruguay’s Matias Vecino and Mexico’s Andres Guardado both earned red cards. There was also a disallowed goal and a Mexico assistant coach sent off for criticizing the referee (to put it mildly).

And yet, all that paled in comparison to the scenes before and after Rafa Marquez’s 85th minute goal, which put Mexico ahead 2-1. The sequence prior to the Mexico legend’s strike proves the importance of maintaining a level head and the complete stupidity of arguing with the referee.

In this instance, it was Uruguay’s focus on the official’s performance rather than their own that cost them the match. Here’s what happened…

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