Mexico beats New Zealand 3-0 in friendly

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

final.

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

Guardado.

Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa had an easy evening for Mexico,

making only two saves for the game.