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

half.

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

beat.

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

goalkeeper.

Keeper Jefferson saved low to his right from Guardado*s

resulting penalty.

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

qualifiers.