Mexico made a dream start at the Copa America Centenario late Sunday night as the romped to a 3-1 win over Uruguay in their Group C opener but the game was not without some ugly scenes.
Two late goals was all Mexico needed to secure all the points on offer.
Goals from Rafa Marquez and Hector Herrera handed Mexico a vital three points, with Diego Godin having leveled in the second half, after Uruguayan defender Alvaro Pereira had given Mexico an early lead with an own goal.
Unfortunately while it was quite exciting on the pitch, it was awry in the stands as the crowd turned ugly
With El Tri holding a one-goal lead and a one-man advantage in the second half of the tournament opener for both sides, the match took a turn for the worst when the sending off of Mexico midfielder Andres Guardado and an equalizer from Uruguay’s Diego Godin sparked outrage among Mexican fans.
Another dark shade in the Mexico , Uruguay clash was before the match when Copa America organizers at the stadium played the wrong national anthem for Uruguay, with the Chile anthem being played instead in an incident the tournament said was caused by “human error.”
“This evening during the pre-match ceremony, due to human error, we inadvertently played the incorrect national anthem,” read the statement. “We sincerely apologize to the Uruguayan Federation, the Uruguay national team, the people of Uruguay and to the fans for this mistake. We will work with all parties involved to ensure such an error does not occur again.”