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Mexico's goalkeeper Luis Michel, Uruguay's Diego Lugano, left, and Uruguay's Sebastian Coates, right standing, fight for the ball during a Copa America soccer match in La Plata, Argentina on Tuesday. Second from left is Mexico's Jorge Enriquez Garcia. ((Juan Bragio/Associated Press))

Uruguay defeated Mexico 1-0 on Tuesday to finish second in Group C of the Copa America, setting up a quarter-final against neighbour Argentina.

Uruguay took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Diego Forlan took a 30-meter (yard) free kick, which Mexico goalkeeper Luis Michel stopped, but the ball slipped away, and Alvaro Pereira chipped it home.

Uruguay dominated the match and probably should have scored several times.

"This is basically the same group that went to the World Cup," Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said. "But things have changed."

Uruguay and Argentina have each won the Copa America 14 times, more than anyone else. Brazil has won eight.

It was a disappointing tournament for Mexico, which was the runner-up in 1993 and 2001.

Mexico lost all three of its matches fielding a second-string team. Mexico played in the Copa America as a guest and fielded a mostly under-23, Olympic-style team. Its first team won the Gold Cup in June, defeating the Untied States 4-2 in the final.

CONCACAF, the governing body of football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, declined to let Mexico field a full-strength team, fearing it would detract from the Gold Cup tournament.

Chile defeated Peru 1-0 in Tuesday's other Group C match. Peru finished first with seven points, Uruguay had five, Peru four and Mexico zero. Mexico was eliminated, with the other three teams all reaching the quarter-finals.