With goals from Giovani Dos Santos and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Mexico defeated Brazil 2-0 in an exhibition game at the Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium on Sunday.
Brazil arrived with high confidence and a 3-1 victory over Denmark and a 4-1 against the US.
The players mentioned that games against Mexico were quickly becoming ‘Clasico’s,’ and Mexico showed why on the field.
The game started off by Brazil launching their attack. Neymar quickly tried to make his way down the field, but had a difficult time getting past Francisco ‘Maza’ Rodriguez and Severo Meza.
Although Brazil held the ball for large majorities of the game, Mexico took advantage of it during their possession.
Pablo Barrera crossed to Giovani Dos Santos from the right. Dos Santos then controlled the ball and took a looping shot the arched behind Rafael for Mexico’s 1-0 lead against Brazil in the 22nd minute.
The teams continued to fight it out in the midfield for possession of the ball.
But Juan gave Mexico a penalty in the 31st minute after a foul on Dos Santos.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez stepped up to the spot and sent it to the right past Rafael’s fingers for a 2-0 lead against Brazil.
Jesus Corona then showed his skills for Mexico with a flying save in the 42nd minute on a shot from Oscar.
Mexico came close in the 51st minute of the game to adding a third. Jesus Zavala took a shot on a goal, and combined with Andres Guardado and Jorge Torres Nilo but they weren’t able to find the back of the net before Sandro was able to clear.
Brazil called for a penalty in the 53rd minute after Corona took down Oscar in the box. Referee Petrescu did not give the Brazilians the call and play resumed.
In the 82nd minute Severo Meza and Neymar both received yellow cards in the 82nd minute after a slight altercation on the field. While in play, the players threw out their hands at each other. As the play paused, the two confronted each other and Meza reached out to Neymar. The Brazilian then went down.
Corona, Salcido, Rodriguez, Moreno, Torres Nilo, Meza, Zavala, Guardado(Reyna 83′), Barrera(Andrade 68′), Dos Santos(De Nigris 54′), Hernandez(Lugo 77′).
Brazil: Rafael, Danilo, Juan, Thiago Silva(Uvini 68′), Marcelo, Sandro, Romulo, Oscar(Casimiro 84′), Leandro Damiao da Silva(Pato 60′), Hulk, Neymar.
Although Mexico had less possession, they managed to win and this will certainly help with confidence as they head into a World Cup qualifiers. They’ll need to work on creating clear opportunities up front. The defense, especially Severo Meza, did quite well. Meza in particular has done a good job during this US tour. Another important man to note is Jesus Corona. Tena confirmed that one of the over 23-year-old players that would be chosen for the Olympics would be a goalkeeper. He had a solid performance and certainly made a case for his spot.
Mexico will now start their World Cup qualification against Guayana on Friday.
Brazil faces Argentina in the US for an exhibition match.