Mexico and Nigeria had one final international friendly match before entering a pivotal month of World Cup qualifying in June. When the final whistle was blown, Mexico and Nigeria played to a 2-2 draw at Reliant Stadium in Houston. El Tri started off hot in the contest, but an early straight red card evened out the match.
To start the scoring, it was an early goal by Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez who was able to put away a cross from Pablo Barrera.
Unfortunately for the Mexicans, it was just a little time later that Barrera was shown the red card, which resulted in an equalizing goal from the Super Eagles. It was Ideye Brown who was able to sneak the ball past Jose de Jesus Corona on the penalty.
Just before the half, Nigeria was able to charge after a big save from keeper Austin Ejide, which led to John Ogu scoring and putting Nigeria ahead 2-1.
In the second-half, it was Chicharito’s heroics that evened up the game for Mexico just twenty minutes before the final whistle. In a stunning state, four of the five goals Mexico has scored in 2013 have come from the foot of Hernandez. The Mexican offense will need to find more attackers in order to stand out during World Cup qualifiers.
Mexico and Nigeria will now prepare for some tough upcoming matches next week in World Cup qualifying. Mexico will take on Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica next month, while Nigeria has a match against Kenya.
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