Mexico 2-2 Nigeria: As It Happened
International Friendly: Mexico v. Nigeria--Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX
Nigeria 2-2 Mexico
The Super Eagles and El Tri play out an exciting, and at times intoxicating, 2-2 draw at the Reliant Stadium, Houston. Both teams looked keen to put recent disappointments behind them to secure a win, and ultimately, the pair will be able to take key positives from the performance.
Look out for much more reaction and comment on Bleacher Report over the coming hours and days.
Goals: Hernandez 2, Brown (pen), Torrado (o.g.)
Nigeria: Ejide (Enyeama): Efe, Oboabona, Omeruo, Echiejile; Ogu, Onazi, Mba; Oduamadi (Nwachukwu), Akpala (Babatunde), Brown (Ujah)
Mexico: Corona; Meza (Aquino), Reyes, Rodriguez (Mier), Salcido; Barrera, Zavala, Torrado (Flores), Guardado (Jimenez); De Nigris (Herrera), Hernandez (Reyna)
...and things draw to a close at 2-2. An exciting, and occasionally intoxicating, friendly bout. Look for more--much more--from these two continental giants over the next few months.
'91- Salcido fires over from 30 yards after a Mexican breakaway results in a free-kick...final seconds.
End-to-end stuff in the closing stages--refreshing to see in an international friendly--both sides have had their chances to seal it, but a combination of over-elaboration, wild shooting, an absence of cohesion and Vincent Enyeama has meant the 2-2 scoreline remains...
Mexico looking reinvigorated following the goal. A close-range shot is saved by Enyeama at his near post, but El Tri are looking the most likely to seal a victory at this late stage. 12 minutes to play...
The goal has sparked this contest back into life! A tantalising break from Mexico after some 'committed' midfield battles...the ball is fired just wide...just!
'70- GOAL for MEXICO - 2-2. Chicharito sneaks ahead of Enyeama to meet a Salcido cross and poke his team level. A classic poacher's positioning, movement and finish. Set for a gripping final 20 minutes here.
The game getting a little bogged down in the midfield now. The crowd have resorted to a Mexican (!) Wave, but the contest isn't quite losing its intensity--Naija might be wise to take the sting out of the ten men of El Tri.
'52- The impressive Oduamadi takes a tumble in the box after an impressive run. The fall was exaggerated, perhaps, but there looked to be contact!
'50- Salcido and Guardado connect well once more down the left flank, but Enyeama is on hand to athletically stamp his authority on his 6 yard box.
'49- Calm as you like from Omeruo, and also Oboabona, to clear a potent Mexican threat--remarkable to consider the age of these two, and imagine the future they might have within an African context.
One of Nigeria's Afcon heroes, Vincent Enyeama, enters the fray, replacing the impressive Austin Ejide in goal.
'45- And we are off again here in the second half. Mexico seeking to regain the initiative in the contest, and Naija keen to hold on to--and perhaps improve--an impressive lead.
Half time here in Houston. A terrific first half; pulsating and enthralling. Mexico have looked the more irresistible in attack, but Naija have had luck, and taken it...they currently lead by one goal and one man.
'42- Mexico try to push forward, attempting to repeal the turning tide. Elderson stands strong.
Mexico were controlling, if not imperious, at 1-0, and a goal, a dismissal, a penalty and everything has changed--the mood is unrecognisable, and Mexicans shrink as Nigerians grow.
'39 Delightful stuff from Nigeria 2-1...the ball is pulled back from the right wing, and John Ogu caps an impressive first half with a deflected finish which leaves Corona stranded...a horrible turn of events for Mexico.
The previously impressive Pablo Barrera was the culprit...a major blow for Mexico, particularly with so much of the game to go...
'27- SCORED by Ideye Brown! Excellent endeavour by Nigeria and the balance of this one swings again...tempestuous stuff, and massive advantage to the West Africans.
'25- Onazi wins the ball back after over-elaboration from Guardado. Some delicious link-up play forces a terrific save from the Mexican keeper, before a defender tries to repeat the trick. A red card for him--following a deliberate handball on the line, and a penalty to Nigeria...
Oboabona and Omeruo completely at odds with that one. The Central Americans clearly out to prove that their attacking difficulties are behind them.
'20- 1-0 to Mexico...it has been coming. Chicharito finding gaping space between the Nigerian centrebacks and tapping home a fairly routine finish. First blood to the Mexicans.
'20- Guardado is lightning, links up excellently with Di Nigris down the left, before the move is broken down by the Nigerian rearguard.
'19- A corner for Mexico, again played short, to the cultivated left peg of Guardado...comes to nothing, but El Tri appear to be toying with their opponents at times here.
and yet Nigeria find the net first!! Ideye Brown guides the ball home, but the chance is ruled offside...exciting exchanges here in Houston.
...the Mexicans are getting closer. Keeper Austin Ejide is forced to make an excellent stop after some delightful approach play from El Tri...
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