Nigeria and Mexico played out an exciting, breathless draw at Reliant Stadium in Houston, both sides keen to impress ahead of a potentially crucial summer, with the Confederations Cup looming ahead.
Manchester United forward Chicharito opened the scoring for Mexico on 21 minutes, before the complexion of the game was changed as Nigeria found the initiative.
Pablo Barrera was dismissed following a handball on the line, and Ideye Brown dispatched the resulting spot kick. The Super Eagles took the lead before halftime after John Ogu’s shot was deflected cruelly past Corona in the Mexico goal.
The West Africans sought to wrap things up in the second half, but Mexico continued to show attacking rigor despite being a man down and eventually were rewarded as Chicharito struck on 70 minutes. The striker demonstrated his class by turning a Carlos Salcido cross past Vincent Enyeama.
With both teams preparing for the Confederations Cup, the match was a prime opportunity to assess their progress and begin to forecast their fortunes for the summer ahead.
Read on to discover five things we learned from Friday evening’s battle.