By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. June 14, 2016: Mexico’s soccer squad held on for a draw in their match-up with Venezuela Monday night, ensuring a place in the COPA America quarter-finals.
Venezuela struck for a first-half goal with just 10 minutes in, as Alejandro Guerra’s free kick was headed across the six-yard box by Christian Santos and powered into the net with an acrobatic flying volley by center back José Manuel Velázquez to give the South American nation their one and only goal of the night.
But Mexico held on as Jesus Corona’s goal in the 80th minute ensured they remain unbeaten in 22 matches and advance as well to the QFs.
The final score – 1-1 – at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Although both teams advance to Saturday’s Quarterfinals, the result likely allows Mexico to avoid top-ranked Argentina.
A Quarterfinal showdown with the second-place team from Group D will be played on Saturday, June 18 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.