Japan vs. Mexico: Confederations Cup 2013 Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Japan 1-2 Mexico
Javier Hernandez bagged a brace to give Mexico the win against Japan after an eventful first half at the Mineirao.
Hernandez beat Eiji Kawashima to a header to give Mexico the lead early in the second half and followed it up with another header from a corner for the second.
The Manchester United forward could have had a hat-trick but his penalty in injury time was saved and the rebound was clattered against the bar and out of play.
Mexico now finish in third place in Group A with three points while Japan languish in bottom place after three straight losses.
Japan XI: Kawashima; Kurihara, Konno, Nagatomo, Sakai; Endo, Hosogai, Okazaki, Kagawa, Honda; Maeda.
Mexico XI: Ochoa; Torres Nilo, Moreno, Mier, Reyes; Guardado, Torrado, Zavala, Jiminez, Dos Santos; Hernandez.
And with that, I will leave you to reflect on a night full of goals and incidents.
Just to inform you, if you haven't heard, that Brazil have qualified as group leaders after a thrilling 4-2 win against Italy.
Japan, on the other hand, will be very disappointed with their campaign. Three losses for the Samurai Blue although they will feel hard done by in some cases.
José Manuel de la Torre breaths. The Mexican manager has the Gold Cup ahead.— Karla Villegas Gama (@karlitsv) June 22, 2013
Hernandez will be rueing the missed penalty. It was the perfect chance to complete a hat-trick. But Mexico will be pleased to get all three points and end their time in Brazil on a high.
90+5 - And the final whistle blows. Mexico win 2-1 after a very eventful second half.
90+4' - Mexico with possession now. Japan trying to get it back.
90'+2 - Japan are breathing a sigh of relief. Still a chance for the equaliser with five minutes of injury time.
90+1' - UNBELIEVABLE! Hernandez's penalty is saved by Kawashima and he smashes the rebound against the bar!
90' - PENALTY! Hernandez is brought down in the box and the referee points to the spot!
89' - Jiminez goes off for Aquino as Mexico look to strengthen their midfield presence in face of a potential comeback for Japan
88' - Japan are well on top. Mexico hanging onto their lead.
86' - That's 2-1 now to Mexico and Japan are surging forward looking for the equaliser.
85' - GOAL! Okazaki finally gets the goal! Kagawa floats the ball into the box, Endo finds Okazaki with a pass and the striker buries it from yards out!
81' - BIG CHANCE! Japan should have pulled a goal back as Okazaki just fails to get on the end of a corner. He was just yards out and it would have been a sure goal had he connected.
80' - Into the last ten minutes, Japan hoping to restore some pride with a goal. Dominating possession at the minute.
79' - In fact that Okazaki chance was actually nearly an own goal from Ochoa. The ball hits his boot and nearly goes in! He will be a relieved man.
78' - As I say that Okazaki steals in at the near post but Ochoa is equal to it.
76' - Japan with some possession but they just can't crack the Mexican defence, no real chances for them this half. The injured Nagatomo is forced off for Nakamura. Dos Santos also heads off to be replaced by Barrera.
74' - Salcido tries an ambitious shot from Dos Santos' corner but it goes high over the bar.
73' - The magic sponge is out. Nagatomo hobbling off with a knock.
72' - Dos Santos goes for goal again! Cuts in from the right and Kawashima parries it at the near post.
70' - Change for Mexico. Guardado comes off for Carlos Salcido. Mexico settling for the two goals it seems.
68' - Mier swings in another cross for Hernandez but it's cleared. Mexico heaping on the pressure now.
67' - That goal was a record-equalling strike for Hernandez.
65' - GOAL! Goal number two for Hernandez! He nods in at the back post from a corner!
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