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Jamaica no Copa America pushovers, warn Uruguay

Jamaica and Uruguay players applaud the fans after the end of their first round Copa America 2015

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez warned his Copa America rivals not to take three points for granted against Jamaica after the holders were given a tough opening 1-0 win on Saturday.

Earning a place in this year’s Copa America as one of two invited teams, the Jamaicans deserved at least a draw on their debut after giving as good as they got and Uruguay sneaked the win with a 52nd minute goal by midfielder Cristian Rodriguez.

“It was a very hard match for us,” he said of the Group B win. “My players were surprised, you could see that at the beginning. Jamaica’s team organisation was good with the pressure they put on the ball,” Tabarez told reporters.

“When there is a lot of pressure, there’s little time to think on the ball, that’s going to be hard for opponents … They break well into attack.”

Tabarez said Uruguay tended to start tournaments slowly and the more so this time with a short preparation period.

“We were not sharp with our final shot, we must improve as quickly as possible for this Cup,” he said with the big group match against Argentina on Tuesday.

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