Copa America Today: Mexico, Jamaica clash; Uruguay without Suarez – Day 7

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The Copa America Centenario rolls on with things heating up in the second round of group games. Thursday will be no different.

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Without the injured Luis Suarez and after suffering defeat to Mexico in their opening Group C game, Uruguay is up against it as they face Venezuela. Elsewhere on Thursday there’s a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup final as CONCACAF foes Mexico and Jamaica clash at the Rose Bowl.

Can El Tri become just the second team to book their place in the quarterfinals?

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Game 13: Uruguay vs. Venezuela

When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Live updates:

With Luis Suarez’s hamstring issue keeping him out of this game and potentially the rest of the Copa America tournament, Uruguay needs Edinson Cavani to step up. Big time. Oscar Tabarez has spoken about the focus being on finishing top of CONMEBOL qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia (Uruguay currently sits in first place) but it will be frowned upon if Uruguay doesn’t make it out of this group, even without Suarez. As for Venezuela, they will be full of confidence after beating Jamaica 1-0 in their opener. A win would all but see them qualify for the quarterfinals for just the third time since 1975.

Game 14: Mexico vs. Jamaica

When: Thursday, 10 p.m. ET

Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Live updates:

El Tri looked very good in their opening day win against Uruguay and they’ll be roared on by many of their own fans at the Rose Bowl on Thursday. Mexico knows a draw in the early game and a win against Jamaica will see them qualify for the last eight and they’re already being touted as the tournament favorites by some, alongside Brazil and Argentina. For Jamaica, they’re up against it after that loss to Venezuela. Wes Morgan should be back in the heart of the Reggae Boyz defense for this one but he and others will have a tough time locking down a fluid and fired up Mexico offense as Javier Hernandez leads the line.