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November 13, 2013 3:30 PM EST
Estadio Azteca — Coyoacán, Ciudad de México (D.F.)
Referee:‬ V. Kassai‎
Attendance:‬ 99832‎
 
Chris James 85′
40′ R. Jiménez
 
48′ O. Peralta
 
80′ O. Peralta
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Mexico 5-1 New Zealand

Mexico found the form it had been missing during qualifying, dismantling an overmatched New Zealand team in the first leg of a playoff. Goal has the ratings.

By Jon Arnold

  • Moisés Muñóz
    32
    36
    3.00

    Moisés Muñóz

    Muñoz might as well have brought a book to the Azteca so he had something to do during the long stretches when the ball didn't enter his half of the pitch. Called upon only sparingly but caught sleeping on NZ's one tally.

  • Rodríguez
    58
    7
    3.00

    Rodríguez

    Maza had an excellent shot that Glen Moss knocked onto his bar for his best save of the first half. Defensively, there wasn't much for Rodriguez to do.

  • Juan Carlos Valenzuela
    28
    27
    2.50

    Juan Carlos Valenzuela

    There were some frightening moments when Chris Wood challenged "El Topo" early, but he was hardly called upon after that.

  • Miguel Arturo Layun
    76
    7
    3.50

    Miguel Arturo Layun

    Layun is infamous for indiscriminate crosses, but he was mostly on the mark Wednesday. He set up Oribe Peralta beautifully on both goals and had several other good crosses from the left.

  • Paul Nicolás Aguilar
    52
    7
    3.00

    Paul Nicolás Aguilar

    Heads up play from Aguilar to score the first goal when it fell to him. The floodgates were open from there. Didn't put in as many crosses as Layun but still positive.

  • Rafa Márquez
    84
    4
    3.50

    Rafa Márquez

    The captain wasn't tested defensively but was fantastic on the attack. His ball that sprung Layun was a thing of beauty and his goal was deserved.

  • C. Peña
    58
    5
    3.00

    C. Peña

    Got free on a corner kick to set up the second goal of the match. Decent passing in the midfield before making way in the 64th minute.

  • J. Medina
    46
    14
    3.00

    J. Medina

    Worked an excellent break with Montes in the 37th minute that sadly ended offside.

  • L. Montes
    34
    21
    3.00

    L. Montes

    Nothing flashy but did what he needed to do. Came off when the game was in Mexico's hands.

  • O. Peralta
    89
    2
    4.00

    O. Peralta Top of the Match

    The free header he botched in the 17th minute will be long forgotten after he worked hard to score twice. Peralta is setting up to be Mexico's most important player at the World Cup.

  • R. Jiménez
    80
    5
    3.50

    R. Jiménez

    Jiménez isn't afraid to go for the spectacular and he knows how to find the back of the net, which he did with a close-range header in the first half.

Substitutions

  • J. Molina
    26
    13

    J. Molina

    Came on for last nine minutes when Peralta was given a rest after scoring his second.

  • Antonio Matías
    30
    15
    2.50

    Antonio Matías

    You have to wonder if Sinha would've been the first choice off the bench had the match not been strongly in Mexico's favor. It was, though, and he put in a fine 25 minutes of work.

  • J. Escoboza
    38
    5
    3.00

    J. Escoboza

    Solid reserve minutes on the international level for the 20-year-old Santos man, though not as good as when he scored in his debut in the friendly against Finland.

  • Glen Moss
    28
    10
    1.00

    Glen Moss

    After getting the ball hit straight at him several times, Moss had a howler on the first goal, coming for a ball his defense had covered. His afternoon didn't improve.

  • Andrew Durante
    2
    11
    2.50

    Andrew Durante

    Durante had some positive play, with a good tackle on Raul Jimenez in the 13th minute to save New Zealand. However, he was also too reckless and found himself in the referee's book.

  • Ivan Vicelich
    3
    18
    0.50

    Ivan Vicelich Flop of the Match

    The 37-year-old looked his age against the El Tri onslaught, consistently getting beaten and turned by the quicker attackers. He'll miss the second leg after picking up a yellow.

  • Tony Lochhead
    2
    10
    2.00

    Tony Lochhead

    Made a save in the box in the 11th minute but was subject to the same wave of attackers that vexed Vicelich.

  • Tommy Smith
    4
    9
    1.50

    Tommy Smith

    Virtually invisible on the left side, especially on Mexico's set pieces.

  • Jeremy Christie
    4
    12
    1.50

    Jeremy Christie

    As invisible as Smith, Christie was the first man to get the hook from manager Ricki Herbert after being victimized on Mexico's second goal.

  • Michael McGlinchey
    3
    9
    1.50

    Michael McGlinchey

    Had one of New Zealand's only sustained bits of possession, keeping the ball in the 36th minute.

  • Jeremy Brockie
    3
    11
    1.50

    Jeremy Brockie

    Provided no motivation for Miguel Layun to stay back and was taken off in the 59th minute.

  • Chris Wood
    3
    13
    2.50

    Chris Wood

    He'll miss the second leg after throwing an elbow into Rafa Marquez, and he'll probably be missed. Had very little of the ball but was positive when it was at his feet.

  • Costa Barbarouses
    2
    12
    2.00

    Costa Barbarouses

    If New Zealand is to turn this tie around, an exceptionally unlikely proposition, Barbarouses will have to star. Drawing a couple of fouls Wednesday could've been a start.

  • Leo Bertos
    2
    12
    2.00

    Leo Bertos

    Had a few bits of good play going forward and took set pieces well but played no defense on the right side and will miss the second leg.

Substitutions

  • Marco Rojas
    2
    9
    2.00

    Marco Rojas

    Had Herbert drawn up a different game plan, Rojas would've been more involved. He wasn't able to spur the attack because New Zealand couldn't get the ball.

  • Chris James
    13
    6
    3.00

    Chris James

    Came on and scored. You couldn't ask for much more from a substitute.

  • Rory Fallon
    3
    7
    2.00

    Rory Fallon

    Had the unenviable attack of trying to get some sustained possession against El Tri in his half-hour of play.

Results
Inter-confederation play-offs 1st Leg
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Player Ratings
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Rank/Player Position Team Rating
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
O. Peralta O. Peralta
Striker
Santos Laguna
5 0
Chris James Chris James
Midfielder
KuPS
2 1
Rafa Márquez Rafa Márquez
Defender
Leon
1 0
Cristian Rodríguez Cristian Rodríguez
Midfielder
Atlético de Madrid
1 0
Maxi Pereira Maxi Pereira
Defender
Benfica
1 0