Group C has seen the biggest shock of the tournament so far. Uruguay, spearheaded by PSG’s Edinson Cavani and Barcelona’s Luis Suárez have been eliminated by outsiders Venezuela, whose star player is Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion. Things have gone wrong from start to finish for Uruguay, in their opener. the national anthem of Chile was wrongly played instead of their own and on the pitch left- back Álvaro Pereira scored an own goal after just four minutes. However, the game was finely poised at 1-1 in the 85th minute but Uruguay capitulated and lost 3-1, conceding goals to two unlikely sources, Rafael Márquez and Héctor Herrera. With Venezuela’s 1-0 win over Jamaica, the clash between the two became a must win for the men in blue. This did not happen, after more anthem blunders, Pitbull was played over part of their national anthem, the team didn’t turn up on the pitch again and were unable to respond to Salomon Rondon’s 36th minute strike. Their elimination was confirmed hours later as Mexico beat Jamaica 2-0. That all means that Uruguay’s final match against Jamaica becomes a dead rubber and Mexico and Venezuela will go to Houston and fight it out for top spot.
In Group D, both teams started out with their most important game. If Argentina or Chile wanted to win the group they would need a positive result against the other and if Panama or Bolivia wanted to stand any chance of causing a shock and qualifying beating the other was a must. Things went right for Argentina and Panama, in a repeat of last year’s final Argentina, without Lionel Messi, claimed their revenge for last year’s penalty shoot-out defeat with a 2-1 win, thanks to goals from Angel Di Maria and Ever Banega. While Blaz Perez’s double also completed a 2-1 win for Panama. In Round 2 Argentina marched on and took control of the group, Lionel Messi put in a man of the match performance, scoring a second half hat-trick, to complete a 5-0 rout against Panama to all but seal Argentina’s passage as group winners. Elsewhere, Chile’s poor start continued but they managed to earn an incredibly lucky win over Bolivia, they won the game 2-1 thanks to a penalty in the 10th minute of stoppage time at the end of the match. With Argentina looking comfortable at the top of the group, the final group match between Chile and Panama becomes a winner takes all match. Anything less than that for the defending champions and their tournament will be seen as a huge failure.