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1 vs 1
Played
January 30, 2013 10:00 PM EST
University of Phoenix Stadium — Glendale, Arizona
Referee:‬ C. Penso‎
Attendance:‬ 43345‎
 
68′ (PG) M. Fabián
Andreas Cornelius 84′ (PG)
Top of the Match
M. Fabián
M. Fabián
Mexico
J. Aquino
J. Aquino
Mexico
Flop of the Match
Jorge Emmanuel Torres
Jorge Emmanuel Torres
Mexico
Jorge Emmanuel Torres
Jorge Emmanuel Torres
Mexico

Mexico 1-1 Denmark: Penalties all around as Mexico draws 2013 opener

Mexico was unable to seize victory against a youthful Danish team, but El Tri won't be too upset with a decent performance heading into World Cup qualifying.

By Keith Hickey

Javier Aquino; Kris Stadsgaard - Mexico vs. Denmark
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El Tri put in a good performance on Wednesday night against Denmark, but didn't obtain the auspicious start to a vital year that the FMF might have hoped for.

After a scoreless opening 45, a pair of second-half penalties saw El Tri and Ligalandsholdet share the spoils in a 1-1 dectsion at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Mexico had the rub of the green in the opening three-quarters of an hour and there was little evidence of the verve the Danes displayed against Canada. The relatively strong Mexico side, led by national team captain Maza Rodriguez, kept the Danes to a solitary shot in the first half.

El Tri looked a little better, but couldn't find the back of the net either. The best Mexican chance of the first half came just after the half-hour mark, when Denmark defender Kris Stadsgaard nearly deflected Angel Reyna's cross into his own net, only to be bailed out by the post.

Mexico finally found the game's first goal in the 68th minute. Javier Aquino went down in (just outside?) the box under heavy pressure from Mikkel Kirkeskov, and Marco Fabian converted the opportunity to put El Tri on top.

Denmark leveled the score in the 84rd minute. Andreas Cornelius, Denmark's teenage hat trick hero against Canada, went down under pressure from Jorge Torres Nilo, and stepped up to coolly slot his spot kick into the low corner, wrong-footing El Tri debutant Cirilo Saucedo.

Despite the result, one group of Mexican fans will have reason to cheer, as Saucedo and Fernando Arce became the first players from Liga MX champion Club Tijuana to represent the Mexican national team.

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Mexico

1
J. Corona
Goalkeeper
46′
3.00
2
Rodríguez
Defender
2.50
4
Hugo Ayala
Defender
3.00
6
2.00
22
3.00
30
C. Salcido
Defender
2.50
-
Á. Reyna
Midfielder
60′
2.50
16
H. Herrera
Midfielder
84′
3.00
-
J. Aquino
Midfielder
3.50
-
A. De Nigris
Striker
70′
2.50
24
O. Peralta
Striker
46′
3.00

Denmark

3.00
-
Jesper Hansen
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
Jores Okore
Defender
3.00
4
3.00
2
2.00
-
3.00
5
3.00
-
Casper Sloth
Midfielder
3.00
-
Emil Larsen
Midfielder
46′
3.00
-
3.50
29
3.50
18

Substitutes

13
C. Saucedo
Goalkeeper
46′
 - 
5
D. Chavez
Midfielder
 - 
4
D. Reyes
Defender
 - 
21
H. Mier
Defender
 - 
2
S. Meza
Defender
 - 
-
E. Andrade
Midfielder
 - 
8
Fernando Arce
Midfielder
60′
3.00
5
J. Molina
Midfielder
84′
 - 
8
M. Fabián
Midfielder
46′ 68′
4.00
9
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
 - 
26
 - 
1
Jon Knudsen
Defender
 - 
40
 - 
-
3.00
-
M. Silberbauer
Midfielder
61′
2.50
-
Kasper Kusk
Midfielder
46′
 - 
9
2.50
-
U. Bech
Striker
74′
1.00
-

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

3.00
-
 
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0