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Friendlies

  • August 14, 2013
  • • 21:00
  • • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • Referee: D. Gantar
  • • Attendance: 35671
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Live Commentary

  • 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