Cubo Torres opens account with Mexico in win against Panama
Chivas USA striker Erick "Cubo" Torres scored his first senior international goal in the dying minutes as Mexico defeated Panama 1-0 in a testy friendly.
In a game that featured five yellow cards and seven shots on target, Mexico grabbed a second friendly win in four days, though El Tri failed to convince on Sunday evening.
After a convincing 2-0 win over Honduras on Thursday night, Mexico failed to produce another dominating performance at the Estadio Corregidora in Queretaro, but got the result just as it appeared the game would end goalless.
The game got off to a high-flying start, with each team trading off good chances in the first 10 minutes.
After a spell of sustained pressure by the visitors, El Tri started to take command of the game as the first half went on. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez was heavily involved, but he spurned a good chance after a mistake by Panama goalkeeper Oscar McFarlane. The on-loan Real Madrid man took a shot from 25 yards out, but it was cleared away by a defender.
Though Marco Fabian and Hector Herrera each caused problems on the flank at various points in the first half for El Tri, the game entered the half scoreless.
Mexico continued to threaten after the break, and it was the center back Luis Venegas who had a decent chance on the half-volley that McFarlane had to save early in the half.
The game’s rough play continued with 30 minutes to go when Blas Perez got an elbow up on a Mexico player, earning a yellow card.
Substitutes Arturo Gonzalez and Oribe Peralta combined in the 68th minute, but the latter was unable to nod the former’s cross from the left on goal.
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