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.