Giovani dos Santos scored twice to lead Mexico to a 3-0 friendly
win over New Zealand on Wednesday in its final tuneup game before
defending its CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
Aldo de Nigris also scored as Mexico went three goals up in the
first half against an inexperienced New Zealand defense, then made
wholesale changes to its lineup for the second half.
This was Mexico’s last game before the Gold Cup, where it will
play in Group A against Costa Rica, Cuba and El Salvador. The team
starts with El Salvador on Sunday and Manchester United forward
Javier Hernandez is expected to be with the squad.
Hernandez missed the game against New Zealand, still recovering
after playing in last weekend’s European Champions League
Dos Santos, who spent the second half of the just-completed
European season on loan from Tottenham at Racing Santander, put
Mexico on the board first when he scored off a rebound in the 23rd
minute. Carlos Salcido took a shot that bounced off the hands of
New Zealand keeper Glen Moss and straight to the foot of dos
Santos, who drilled the ball into the net.
Just 7 minutes later, dos Santos scored again by controlling a
deflected ball in the box, rounding Moss and all but walking it
into the net.
In the 43rd minute, de Nigris – having earlier had a goal ruled
out for offside and having two close-range shots saved – finally
got on the score sheet when he tapped in a pass from Andres
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa had an easy evening for Mexico,
making only two saves for the game.