Mexico, Denmark play to 1-1 draw in Arizona
Andreas Cornelius scored on a penalty kick in the 84th minute to
give Denmark a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Wednesday night in an
international soccer exhibition at University of Phoenix
Marco Fabian gave Mexico a 1-0 lead on a penalty in the 68th
minute after midfielder Javier Aquino was pulled down just inside
the 18-yard box. The lead lasted about 16 minutes, when Cornelius
was fouled in the penalty area by Mexico’s Jorge Torres Nilo.
It marked the 2013 opener for Mexico, the highest-ranked team
from North America in FIFA’s world soccer rankings at No. 15.
Mexico begins World Cup qualifying Feb. 6 in Mexico City against
The final result drew a few jeers from the Mexican partisan
crowd of 43,345, which was believed to be the second-largest to see
a soccer match in the state of Arizona. Denmark entered the match
as FIFA’s 23rd-ranked team.