Ten-man Brazil beats Mexico 2-1 in friendly
Brazil overcame a first-half red card to score two late goals
and beat Mexico 2-1 in a friendly on Tuesday.
Mexico went ahead in the 10th minute when Brazil defender David
Luiz put the ball into his own net, and the hosts’ chances were
boosted further when Dani Alves gave away a penalty and was sent
off in the process for a foul on Javier Hernandez late in the first
However Andres Guardado failed to convert the penalty.
Ronaldinho equalized for Brazil with a trademark freekick into
the top right corner of the net in the 80th minute, and Marcelo
scored the winner four minutes later.
The defeat was the first for Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la
Torre in 15 games in charge of the national team.
In a fast paced game, the opening goal came when Pablo Barrera
broke free down the right and put in a low cross, which Luiz tried
to clear but only deflected the ball into the net.
Neymar broke free inside the penalty area for Brazil in the 17th
but shot over the bar with only goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez to
Barcelona fullback Alves received a second yellow card for
shoving Manchester United striker Hernandez to the ground inside
the penalty box as the ball was sailing harmlessly through to the
Keeper Jefferson saved low to his right from Guardado*s
Hernandez had Mexico’s best chance of the second half but his
close-range header was saved by Jefferson.
Ronaldinho scored from 20 yards in the 80th and the winner was
scored when Marcelo drove into the penalty area and hit a fierce
shot past Sanchez, who won his 100th cap in the game.
The game took place with a heavy security presence in the
northern city of Torreon after recent violence, including the
suspension of a Mexican first division game on Aug. 20 due to a
gunfight close to the stadium.
For Brazil, the match was the latest in a series of friendly
games, as it automatically qualifies for the 2014 World Cup as host
and therefore is not participating in the current South American