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Mexico defeat Jamaica 2-0 to seal passage into Copa America quarterfinals

Mexico had to fight hard in a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup Final

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Mexico struggled to get a 2-0 win against Jamaica at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday night.

While the score-line may not show it, Juan Carlos Osorio's men struggled to find form and were inconsistent throughout their performance. In spite of this, the goals came: the first was courtesy of a Javier Hernández header in the 18th minute off a Jesus "Tecatito" Corona cross. This goal put Chicharito two away from breaking Jared Borgetti's record as all-time national team scorer. Substitute Oribe Peralta notched the second goal just inside of the far post in the 81st minute.

Jamaica's misfiring offense couldn't take advantage of several opportunities when they seemed to have cracked the code in Mexico's defense. With that said, Guillermo Ochoa was stellar in goal, making saves in the 38th and 84th minutes to preserve a clean sheet for El Tri.

Perhaps the largest concern for Mexico is its defense. Yasser Corona had the roughest night amongst those in the back line, looking out of position and getting caught flat-footed. In spite of the win, these concerns will have to be addressed by Osorio as Mexico prepares to take on Venezuela in Houston's NRG Stadium on Monday night for Group C supremacy.