Iceland hangs on for 0-0 tie with Mexico

BY foxsports • March 25, 2010

Goalkeeper Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson made three saves in the final minutes to keep Iceland and Mexico scoreless in a friendly game on Wednesday night.

Gunnleifson's final save was on Mexico forward Miguel Sabah's header with seconds left in the third match of Mexico's U.S. exhibition tour. More than 60,000 fans were on hand.

``I didn't like not winning,'' Mexico coach Javier Aguirre said through an interpreter. ``I said before I didn't care about winning or not winning ... but a goal would have been great.''

Mexico - which will open its World Cup against host South Africa on June 11 - had won the first two games over Bolivia and New Zealand by a combined 7-0 score.

Mexico had two good chances in the first half, its best coming when Adolfo Bautista was set up for a header 10 yards out from the goal with 11 minutes remaining. His shot slid to the outside of the right post.

Iceland's best opportunity came in the final minute of the first half, on a free kick by Jon Gudni Fjoluson from 20 yards out. Mexico goalkeeper Luis Michel made a diving save to deflect Fjoluson's shot.

``Normally, my players play in Iceland in front of 1,000 people,'' coach Olafur Johannesson said. ``This was a very new experience for them. They're going to remember this the rest of their lives.''

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