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Uruguay out of Copa America

dpadpa 10/06/2016 By Rut Vilar

Venezuela and Mexico have qualified from Group C to the next stage of the Copa America soccer tournament.

Superstar striker Luis Suarez has erupted in anger on the sidelines after Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez left him off late in the game as his side slumped to a 1-0 loss to Venezuela at the Copa America.

Suarez threw down his substitutes' singlet in disgust and punched the side wall of the dugout on Thursday when he was forced to watch from afar as Uruguay went down in defeat, eliminating them from the tournament.

Mexico beat Jamaica 2-0 in the day's other game to secure a quarter-final berth alongside Venezuela.

Striker Jose Salomon Rondon scored the lone goal for Venezuela after 35 minutes of play.

Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera managed to deflect a fantastic long-distance shot from Alejandro Guerra on to the crossbar, and Rondon made the most of the rebound to net the ball.

Suarez had been ruled out for this game due to injury, but Tabarez was unrepentant for leaving him off, despite the player's fury.

"Luis Suarez had the day off today. He is not fit to play. It is a medical issue," Tabarez said after the game.

"I don't care if he gets angry, although I am not sure he is. He did not tell me anything. But he had a major (muscle) tear 18 days ago and we want Suarez when he is fit, for the (World Cup) qualifiers," Tabarez said.

Uruguay, who have won a record 15 titles at the Copa America, were disappointed about their performance.

"It really hurts to be eliminated," captain Diego Godin said.

"Venezuela deserved their win," Tabarez admitted. "I am surprised. I know these players well and I still trust them, but they did not play a good game today."

Meanwhile, Mexico defeated Jamaica 2-0 in California, in a vibrant game in which both teams had many chances.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored the first goal with a header in the 18th minute, off a cross from Jesus Corona.

Clayton Donaldson and Michael Hector both wasted several chances for Jamaica and Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa had a great night.

Mexico who made things 2-0 in the 81st minute, with a powerful shot from substitute Oribe Peralta.

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