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Mariappa's Jamaica Out Of Copa America

11 June 2016

Adrian Mariappa's Jamaica were eliminated from the 2016 Copa America after a 2-0 defeat to Mexico on Friday night.

The Palace defender played the full game in Pasadena, California in from of over 83,000 fans but it was Mexico who ran out winners to ensure the Reggae Boyz lost their second successive group match and exited the tournament with a game to spare.

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez opened the scoring on 18 minutes with a header, but some exceptional goalkeeping by Guillermo Ochoa kept Mariappa's side at bay before Oribe Peralta sealed the victory with nine minutes to go.

The loss, coupled with Venezuela's shock 1-0 win over Uruguay, means Jamaica have no chance of making the knockout stages, and will face Uruguay on Wednesday with just pride to play for for both sides.

Meanwhile Yohan Cabaye was an unused substitute for France's opening game of Euro 2016 on the same night.

Les Bleus edged past Romania by a 2-1 scoreline thanks to Dimtri Payet's late winner, however the Palace midfielder remained on the bench for the duration of the championships' curtain raiser.

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