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International Friendly: Mexico 2 Nigeria 2

1 June 2013 05:39

A brace from Manchester United star Javier Hernandez has seen 10-man Mexico claim a 2-2 draw with Nigeria in a friendly in Houston on Friday.

Hernandez gave Mexico the lead after 21 minutes at Reliant Stadium, but the match turned just before the half-hour mark when Pablo Barrera blocked a shot with his hand, seeing the referee send him off and point to the spot.

Brown Ideye made no mistake with the penalty, and Nigeria took the lead when John Ogu took a long-range shot that deflected off Gerardo Torrado and past Jose Corona with five minutes remaining in the first half.

Despite their numerical advantage, Nigeria could not find another goal after the break, and Mexico were able to level through that man Hernandez again.

With 20 minutes remaining, Chicharito met a Carlos Salcido cross at the near post and stabbed it past the goalkeeper, much to the delight of the pro-Mexico, 62,000-strong crowd.

The Manchester United striker moved into fifth on the all-time Mexico scoring list, with 32 international goals in 47 appearances.


International Friendly Preview: Mexico v Nigeria

29 May 2013 10:57

Mexico will be looking to end a streak of five consecutive draws when they face Nigeria at Houston's Reliant Stadium in Friday's friendly.

Jose Manuel de la Torre's team have not won since they defeated El Salvador 2-0 in October and with three World Cup qualifiers coming up in June, they need to find some winning form against Nigeria.

Mexico have claimed just three points from as many matches in the final round of CONCACAF's qualification system for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and sit fifth out of six countries, in danger of missing out on next year's tournament.

In their past four international games, Mexico have been held scoreless three times and their head coach, De La Torre, must find a solution in front of goal against Nigeria.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will be crucial, having scored two of Mexico's three goals this year but the Mexicans need to provide more support for the 24-year-old.

Hernandez's record of 30 goals in 46 internationals is impressive but De La Torre's squad for the upcoming friendly, World Cup qualifiers and Confederations Cup otherwise lacks goalscorers.

Only Giovani dos Santos (14 goals in 62 games), Andres Guardado (14 in 90) and Carlos Salcido (10 in 109) have reached double figures for international goals, so De La Torre will undoubtedly be hoping Monterrey's Aldo de Nigris or Club America's Raul Jimenez can break through against Nigeria and show they deserve more of a run in the World Cup qualifiers versus Jamaica, Panama and Costa Rica.

Nigeria should provide a tough test for Mexico in Texas on Friday having not lost in 15 matches.

In Africa's World Cup qualifying, Nigeria sit top of Group F ahead of Malawi, Namibia and Kenya and will be hoping their friendly against Mexico can set them up for two qualifiers in June and the Confederations Cup.

Nigeria will travel to Kenya and Namibia following their friendly in Texas before flying to Brazil for their Confederations Cup opener against Tahiti on June 17 and head coach Stephen Keshi also seems unsure about his forward structure having picked eight strikers in a squad of 30 for the next month.

Keshi has included three uncapped forwards (Mohammed Gambo, Gomo Onduku and Anthony Ujah) alongside more recognised strikers like Ideye Brown of Dynamo Kiev and Chelsea's Victor Moses.