Despite Loss Mexico Still Advances in World Cup

Tuesday, Jun 22, 2010  |  Updated 12:30 PM CDT
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Despite Loss Mexico Still Advances in World Cup

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RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Giovani Dos Santos of Mexico runs with the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group A match between Mexico and Uruguay at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 22, 2010 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images)

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Uruguay won Group A and Mexico also advanced Tuesday after Luis Suarez scored in the 43rd minute to give the South Americans a 1-0 victory at the World Cup. Both teams will face Group B members; those teams will be decided Tuesday night.

Suarez, Uruguay's most dangerous striker all day, ran unguarded to the back post and headed in Edinson Cavani's brilliant cross for his first goal of the tournament. The two countries went into the last group game sharing the lead at four points and needed only a draw to advance. But both fielded attacking lineups. Even so, the game yielded few clear scoring chances.

Uruguay, which didn't allow a goal in the first round, ended the group phase with seven points after overpowering South Africa 3-0 and drawing 0-0 with France. Mexico earned four.

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