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Played
August 14, 2013 9:00 PM EDT
MetLife Stadium — East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referee:‬ D. Gantar‎
Attendance:‬ 35671‎
 
11′ (OG) Arthur Boka
Didier Drogba 62′ (PG)
28′ O. Peralta
 
45+1′ O. Peralta
 
90′ Á. Reyna
 
 
That's it! Mexico gets a feel-good performance in a 4-1 win over the Ivory Coast
 
90′
Assist D. Reyes
 
90′
Goal Á. Reyna
 
89′
GOAL MEXICO! Reyna scores to round off a comprehensive performance from El Tri. The Veracruz striker takes down a cross in the box and finishes low to the far post
 
87′
Ivory Coast really pushing for a second goal here, as Mexico has appeared a bit more vulnerable in the back, but Reyes and Moreno have held up well
 
79′
Great save by Corona at the near post! The goalkeeper stops a point-blank header at the near post
 
78′
Substitution S. Meza Miguel Arturo Layun
 
77′
Substitution Christian Giménez M. Fabián
 
74′
Gimenez does well to cut through the Ivory Coast midfield and chip a ball over for Jimenez, but the America striker fires wide
 
72′
Substitution Wilfried Bony Gervinho
 
69′
Bony heads wide off at the near post a corner kick, as the Ivory Coast still looking for that second goal
 
67′
Peralta comes off to a big ovation from the crowd. Big game from him tonight
 
66′
Substitution O. Peralta R. Jiménez
 
64′
Sloppy from Mexico, and Reyes blocks Bony's shot with a great slide tackle. Ivory Coast close to being right back in it
 
63′
Substitution C. Salcido Jorge Emmanuel Torres
 
63′
Substitution Gerardo Torrado J. Zavala
 
63′
Upon replay, looked like a bad call from Gantar. Torrado, in the wall, raised his arm as the ball arrived, but it appeared to strike his side, not his arm
 
62′
Penalty Goal Didier Drogba
 
62′
GOAL IVORY COAST! Drogba sends Corona the wrong way from the spot and it's 3-1.
 
60′
Drogba fires into the wall, but Gantar whistles for a penalty!
 
59′
Bony drives through the Mexico midfield and Gimenez is forced to foul him. Dangerous free kick on the way
 
58′
Substitution M. Bolly G. Cyriac
 
56′
Substitution Giovani dos Santos Damián Ariel Alvarez
 
55′
Goal Mexico! But it's offside! Reyna screws his defender Zokora inside and out, then fires low to the far post and Peralta turns home, but he's behind the Costa Rica defense
 
53′
Meza gets a good challenge in on Drogba, who was attempting to beat the right back to the endline
 
51′
Drogba shows his quality with a great cross into the box, but Moreno gets a great tackle in as Kalou looked to score right on the doorstep
 
48′
Zokroa goes in with a tackle through Peralta's legs, earning another foul. He'll have to be careful as he's already carrying a yellow
 
46′
Substitution Seydou Doumbia Brou Benjamin Angoua
 
46′
Substitution Didier Zokora B. Dja Djé Djé
 
46′
Substitution Giovanni-Guy Yann Sio Salomon Kalou
 
46′
Substitution Serge Aurier Didier Drogba
 
46′
We are back underway in the second half and Didier Drogba is in for the Ivory Coast
 
 
Halftime. A very encouraging performance for Mexico so far, and equally poor from Ivory Coast. El Tri with a deserved three-goal lead
 
45′ +1
Assist Giovani dos Santos
 
45′ +1
Goal O. Peralta
 
45′ +1
Turnover by Ivory Coast leads to a three-on-two, and Reyna finds Dos Santos on the right, who crosses with his right foot to the near post. Peralta steals in and heads home at the near post
 
45′
GOAL MEXICO! Right before halftime, Mexico with a killer third and it's Peralta again!
 
41′
More good stuff from Bolly, who appears to be the only Ivorian to show up tonight. Corona is quick off his line to make a save
 
39′
Reyna forces a great save from Barry, as Ivory Coast seems reluctant to play any sort of defense in this match so far
 
38′
Bolly has shown some great pace for Ivory Coast tonight, but no end product as of yet
 
37′
Reyes anticipates well to break up a play. The new Porto center back has been solid tonight
 
33′
Ivory Coast gets lucky twice on that last play. Bamba could have been sent off for the tackle, and Mexico could've scored had Gantar correctly used the advantage
 
32′
Yellow Card Sol Bamba
 
32′
Bamba comes in with an awful challenge on Dos Santos, but as a cross is then delivered, referee David Gantar whistles for a foul as Reyna arrived at the back post to finish. Clearly, advantage should have been played
 
31′
Yellow Card Wilfried Bony
 
28′
Goal O. Peralta
 
28′
GOAL MEXICO! Pressure from El Tri leads to Gosso attempting an ill-advised pass back to his goalkeeper. The midfielder accidentally finds Oribe Peralta, who slams his first touch into the upper corner at the near post
 
26′
According to ESPN, there was some kind of a security issue in the stands earlier, but there isn't any further update
 
24′
Play has resumed
 
23′
Play has been stopped here as it appears there is some kind of trouble in the crowd. Will update when we know more
 
21′
Good combination play from Mexico, but Dos Santos hits his cross right at the goalkeeper. Still, this is some confident stuff from El Tri at the moment
 
19′
Bony turns and goes down under a Mexico challenge, but the referee waves play on. The ball is kicked out of play as the new Swansea signing recovers
 
15′
Good job by El Tri manipulating possession right now. Pressing high when they don't have the ball as well
 
11′
Own Goal Arthur Boka
 
10′
GOAL MEXICO! Own goal by Boka, but it was great build-up by Mexico. From the left flank, Reyna found Peralta in the box, whose centering pass was turned in by the Ivory Coast defender.
 
9′
Off the free kick, Gimenez takes a strike from way outside, and the ball bounces into Barry's arms
 
8′
Good early ball movement for El Tri, and Zokora has to cynically bring Dos Santos down from behind in the midfield. Obvious yellow card
 
7′
Yellow Card Didier Zokora
 
6′
Reyes find Dos Santos with a nice through ball, but the Villarreal man's shot isn't good enough from the top of the box, and the ball goes straight into Barry's arms
 
4′
Good pressure from El Tri to force a turnover, but the offside flag goes up
 
2′
Dos Santos with an early effort that goes off the side of the net
 
1′
We are underway!
 
 
Ivory Coast has left Drogba, Kalou, Gervinho and Traoré on bench, while Yaya Toure is out injured. Big boost for Mexico
 
 
Mexico going with a veteran midfield of Gerardo Torrado (34), Fernando Arce (33) and Chaco Gimenez (32)
 
 
Here's the lineup Mexico and head coach Chepo de la Torre will send out tonight: (4-3-3) Corona, Meza, Reyes, Moreno, Salcido; Arce, Torrado, Gimenez; Dos Santos, Peralta, Reyna
 
 
Evening all, Seth Vertelney with you here to take you through tonight's friendly between Mexico and the Ivory Coast
 
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