Mexico defeated Israel, 3-0, in the first of four pre-World Cup friendlies.
The first part of the match focused on Cuauhtemoc Blanco's farewell to the national team, but once he left the pitch in the 39th minute, El Tri needed a spark in attack.
Miguel Layun provided that spark in the 43rd minute with a powerful goal from the left wing.
In the second half, Layun struck from distance again and Marco Fabian added on a third goal in the 85th minute to seal the victory for the hosts.
Continue reading below for analysis and player ratings for each El Tri player.
|Mexico Player Ratings|
|Player||Half-time Rating||Full-time Rating|
Jose de Jesus Corona: Made an early save in the fourth minute, but other than that, he did not have much to do.
Paul Aguilar: Had a few strong runs down the right in attack and wasn't tested much on the defensive side of the ball.
Diego Reyes: Did well to prevent a concrete chance on goal on the few set pieces Israel had.
Francisco Rodriguez: Was a solid player at the back for a Mexico team that wasn't threatened much after the first 10 minutes.
Carlos Salcido: Made a lunging tackle in the 42nd minute to deny an Israel attack of staying alive in the box.
Miguel Layun: Hit a rocket of a shot into the back of the net for the first Mexico goal in the 43rd minute.
Isaac Brizuela: Did not make much of an impact in the Mexico midfield, as Blanco and Layun dominated the headlines.
Andres Guardado: Could not make an impact in the place of Hector Herrera, who was a late scratch from the starting 11.
Marco Fabian: Could easily be taken off the pitch at halftime after he did next to nothing during the first 45 minutes.
Cuauhtemoc Blanco: Created the most chances of any Mexico player, which is great for him, but bad for the rest of his teammates.
Oribe Peralta: Was handed a few chances off of Blanco deliveries, but he could not convert on any of his potential scoring opportunities.
Corona: Played a big role in keeping the clean sheet with two saves before he was carted off with an apparent neck injury in the 72nd minute.
Aguilar: Was easily the most impressive defender for El Tri, as he was a force in the attack throughout the entire match.
Reyes: His fellow defenders stole the spotlight away from him, both in positive and negative ways. Overall, Reyes had a decent showing for El Tri.
Rodriguez: Let Gershon get free on a 53rd-minute corner, but luckily for him, the shot from the Israeli defender went wide.
Salcido: His two sliding tackles, one in each half, seemed dangerous at first, but both were effective in cutting off the Israeli attack.
Layun: Was the man of the match for El Tri with his two stunning goals from distance. His second strike came from a further distance than his first, as he gave the fans at Azteca something to cheer about.
Brizuela: His name was not called much, if at all, all night, as Mexico struggled to produce a consistent attacking impetus.
Guardado: Created a few chances in the second half, including his 82nd-minute free-kick that was saved by a diving Harush.
Fabian: Improved a bit in the second half in the attack with his biggest contribution coming in the 85th minute on the third Mexican goal.
Blanco: In his final match as a Mexican international, Blanco was the best player on the pitch for the first 38 minutes.
Peralta: Combined well with Blanco in the first half, but he did not score on the few chances he had during his 45 minutes on the pitch.
Raul Jimenez: After just seven minutes on the pitch in the first half, Jimenez worked well with Hernandez up front, but neither player scored.
Javier Hernandez: His movement in the box before the third goal allowed Fabian to stay open and fire his shot past Harush.
Miguel Ponce: After replacing Brizuela, Ponce did try to put a shot on goal late in the match, but otherwise he did nothing of note.
Guillermo Ochoa: Was forced into action after the Corona injury and he made a save within minutes of coming on after a shot by Benayoun.
Alan Pulido: His run down the wing in stoppage time allowed Fabian to fire a shot on goal.
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