Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez moved to within one goal of equalling Mexico's all-time scoring record of 46 when he netted the opener in El Tri's 2-0 victory over Jamaica at the Rose Bowl stadium in Los Angeles.
Mexico 2–0 Jamaica
Goals: 1-0 Hernandez (18'), 2-0 Peralta (81')
After Uruguay's loss earlier in the day, Mexico knew that victory here would ensure them safe passage from Group C into the Copa America Centenario knockout rounds. They started brightly and soon got the goal their pressure deserved when Chicharito found a pocket of space inside the box to guide a superb header into the bottom corner.
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Jamaica were not without chances of their own, however, and Mexico had goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to thank for preserving their lead. Chicharito went within a whisker of adding his second of the evening from close range but just failed to connect with a cross from the right. The Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward was substituted off to a huge standing ovation in the 78th minute, just moments before his replacement, Oribe Peralta, scored Mexico's second to seal their place in the last eight.
Mexico: Ochoa - Araujo, Marquez, Moreno, Corona – Layun, Herrera – Duenas (Molina 72') – Corona (Lozano 63'), Jimenez, Chicharito
Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio
Jamaica: Blake – Morgan, Watson, Taylor, Mariappa – Hector, McAnuff (Binns 62'), Williamson (Orgill 77'), McCleary – Donaldson, Barnes
Coach: Winfried Schäfer