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Mariappa's Jamaica Lose Opener

6 June 2016

Adrian Mariappa's Jamaica side lost 1-0 to Venezuela in their opening group game at the 2016 Copa America on Sunday night.

The Eagles defender captained the Reggae Boyz at Soldier Field in Chicago but a bad-tempered encounter saw the South Americans dent Jamaica's hopes of making the quarter-finals.

The game's telling moment came on 15 minutes when Josef Martínez slipped the ball past Andre Blake to open the scoring, and eight minutes later Mariappa's men were reduced to 10 men in controversial fashion when Rodolph Austin was dismissed for a tackle on Tomás Rincón.

Jevaughn Watson hit the bar for them soon after but Jamaica coach Winfried Schafer was sent to the stands at half-time following a confrontation with the referee.

Luck continued to desert the Jamaicans in the second half when Giles Barnes hit a post and Clayton Donaldson had a goal ruled out for offside, and Mariappa himself went close with a header late on but his team were ultimately defeated.

In the group's other game, Mexico beat Uruguay 3-1 to move to the top of the table, and they will face Jamaica next on Friday 10th June.

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