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Mexico drew 2-2 with Argentina in a thrilling game in Texas last night. El Tri were impressive throughout, and will undoubtedly feel disappointed by the manner in which they conceded two late goals to throw away the win.
Mexico impress but throw away chance for historic victory
09/09/2015
 
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By Dan Price


Mexico drew 2-2 with Argentina in a thrilling game in Texas last night. El Tri were impressive throughout, and will undoubtedly feel disappointed by the manner in which they conceded two late goals to throw away the win.


In truth, Mexico should have had the victory wrapped up long before Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi scored in the 85th and 89th minutes respectively. Former Manchester United striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez was guilty of missing a host of clear-cut chances, while Raul Jimenez, Andreas Guardado, and Hector Herrera all also went close.


Mexico took the lead in the 19th minute from the penalty spot. Nicolas Otamendi sliced down Israel Jimenez in the penalty area and Javier Hernandez slotted home from 12 yards, despite Argentine keeper Nahuel Guzman going the right way.

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Throughout the first period Mexico hurt Argentina on the counter-attack. There were a number of chances, but the best fell the Chicharito. He was played in by a misplaced pass from Fernando Gago, but fired over after a

one-on-one with the keeper.


The pitch in Texas became progressively worse and both sides struggled to deal with the conditions, so when Hector Herrera doubled Mexico’s lead with 20 minutes remaining it looked like Mexico had the win sealed.


Following the second goal Mexico made a host of changes. Vela, Alanis, and Duenas all came on, and the impressive trio of Herrera, Vazquez, and Marquez made way. From that moment on Mexico lost their rhythm,

and for the first time in the match Argentina looked the better side.


They pulled one back in the 85th minute when Moises Munoz was caught out of position which allowed Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero to slot into an empty net, and four minutes later Israel Jimenez lost his man and Messi fired home from a tight angle for the equaliser.


It meant Mexico’s hopes of getting a win of their South America opponents for the first time since 2004 vanished, but they could still be very proud of their performance.


Considering it is a new-look side from Tuca Ferretti, draws against Trinidad and Tobago (with a predominately second-string eleven) and Argentina is a respectable return. The country will be hoping he can finally pick up his first win when El Tri face the United States in the Confederations Cup Playoff in their next match on October 9th.

 
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