Venezuela Bests Jamaica In Copa America Opener

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Josef Martinez of Venezuela and Wes Morgan of Jamaica go for the ball during a group C match between Jamaica and Venezuela at Soldier Field Stadium as part of Copa America Centenario US 2016 on June 05, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, US. Venezuela won 1-0. (Photo by David Banks/LatinContent/Getty Images)
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Josef Martinez of Venezuela and Wes Morgan of Jamaica go for the ball during a group C match between Jamaica and Venezuela at Soldier Field Stadium as part of Copa America Centenario US 2016 on June 05, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois, US. Venezuela won 1-0. (Photo by David Banks/LatinContent/Getty Images)

By NAN Sports Writer

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. June 6, 2016: Jamaica’s hope of beating Venezuela in their Copa America opener was quashed Sunday afternoon in just 24 minutes.

The Reggae Boyz lost their first of three matches 0-1 at the Soldier Field in Chicago, IL despite a valiant effort.

Venezuela’s Josef Martinez scored the lone goal of the match as the Venezuelan team managed to hold off the 10-man Jamaica squad to win in Copa America Centenario’s Group C opener.

The Jamaican will now need to beat CONCACAF rivals Mexico for any hope of advancing to the knockout rounds.