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May 31, 2012
• 9:10 PM
• Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Referee: E. Jurisevic
• Attendance: 51240
G. dos Santos 7'
J. Hernández 90'+
E. Džeko 29'
I'm Eric Gomez, you can tweet me @goaleric, and I'm inviting you to stay with Goal.com as we push our post-match coverage. Good night!
Terry Vaughn doesn't need to see more. Mexico wins! Chicharito is the hero, and at least half the crowd goes home happy.
90' + 3'
90' + 2'
What in the heck was that? A comedy of errors in the Bosnian defense, two spectacularly bad clearance attempts result in Chicharito getting a sitter and pushing past Begovic. 2-1 for Mexico.
90' + 2'
GOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!!!!! MEXICO!!!!!!!!!! CHICHARITO SURELY WINS IT!!!!!!
Three more minutes in Chicago.
Chicharito draws a foul. The guy's been everywhere since De Nigris came off.
Ochoa parries away and eventually gets the ball back on a goal kick.
Corner kick for Bosnia.
Bosnia parlay a throw-in into a counterattack and draw a foul up the pitch.
Mexico pushing Bosnia into their own half. Possession has been all Tri these past few minutes. Chicharito is called for a foul after jostling.z
... and Reyna misses the free kick.
Guardado complains to Terry Vaughn that the Bosnian wall is too close. He moves them back after some arguing.
Yellow CardMensur Mujdza
Lugo has come on and made an immediate impact. Also doing well is Guardado, the new Valencia signing is fouled close to the box. A good chance for Mexico from set pieces.
CHICHARITO! Denied twice after a pair of very good strikes by the Red Devil. Mexico smells blood in the water after the near-goal and pushes forward.
More subs now. Edgar Gerardo Lugo, who could move to Chivas pretty soon, comes on.
Well, it's been a tale of two halves. Not exactly Barcelona vs. Chelsea in terms of disparity, but still...
So Chepo's experiment lasts exactly eight minutes before he realizes you can only have Chicharito or De Nigris in the box.
A. De Nigris
All-Monterrey substitution. Angel Reyna comes on for De Nigris, and uh... de la Torre comes back to the 4-5-1.
Yellow CardStojan Vranješ
The substitutions have honestly been letdowns so far, as the team's tactical formations have changed. Notably, Mexico going from 4-5-1 to 4-4-2. Not working so far.
Substitution coming on for Bosnia.
Yellow CardZvjezdan Misimovic
Free kick for Mexico, it's taken quickly but nothing comes of it.
Mexico stepping on the gas here, great combination between De Nigris and Chicharito but the Manchester United is clearly a bit rusty.
Chicharito's first attempt is denied by the Bosnia defense. Huge roar from the crowd.
Giovani dos Santos
Oh wow. De Nigris was juuuuuust offside.
GOAL! No! Disallowed! Aldo De Nigris is offside despite putting the ball away.
It's Chicharito time.
Guardado comes in for Andrade.
Pjanic with a great combo with Dzeko who is dispossessed and the ball goes out for a throw-in.
Very dangerous cross from Mexico that results in a corner kick.
Chepo de la Torre is angry with referee Terry Vaughn after a Bosnian player shoves Pablo Barrera. Replay shows Barrera shoved, too.
Back and forth pace now for both teams, with Bosnia having a slight advantage on the run of play.
Oh, so close for Bosnia. Misimovic takes a pass outside the box and shoots wide.
Mexico looking like they want to start up the same rhythm they had in the first half.
No subs for Mexico in the second half, looks like none for Bosnia either.
And we're ready for the second half here in Chicago. Bosnia kicks off.
Teams are back on the pitch for the second half.
And that's it. Mexico draws with Bosnia 1-1 after 45 minutes. We'll be back soon after a quick breather.
Into injury time now. One more minute.
Getting close to the end here. Very good first half so far, if I do say so myself.
Andrade will take it. It's too high and wide and there is no possibility for anyone to get a head on it.
Zavala takes a shot; it's deflected and off for a corner kick.
All Premier League on the score sheet so far. That is, if you can consider Giovani dos Santos an actual member of the Tottenham team.
Bosnia and Mexico last faced each other in February of 2011 in Chepo de la Torre's debut as head coach. Mexico won 2-0.
Torres Nilo getting called for a handball as he wanted to take it down the left flank.
Giovani on the right side, nice run, gets off a cross but Begovic is there.
Game has slowed down a touch since Bosnia scored. Seems like since Mexico realized that pace could get them into trouble, they're trying to do things slightly differently.
Another Bosnian trinket comes down on the pitch and a staff member is dispatched to pick it up.
To borrow a basketball term, Mexico employing a full-court press right now. Chepo really angry with his midfield after the Dzeko goal as they did not lock down Bosnia's passers.
Here comes Mexico. Edgar Andrade puts one in the box and then, after Begovic grabs the ball, apparently slams Giovani down to the ground. Ref has a chat with both, no cards.
Blue smoke bomb on the pitch. The ref stops the match so it can be removed.
MISIMOVIC. Trying to take advantage of Mexico's lull with a long shot, the midfielder strikes but it goes over the bar.
Well, Dzeko doesn't have Man City's midfield to generate offense, but a great fake by Medunjanin completely befuddles the Mexico defense and allows Dzeko to slip through, untouched. He takes Memo Ochoa out of the picture with speed and pushes it into the net.
GOOOOOOOOOOALLLLLL!!!!!!! BOSNIA!!!!!!!! EDIN DZEKO!!!!!!!!
Bosnia wanted a foul just outside the box after Ibisevic falls after contact, nothing is given.
Andrade on the left flank gives to Torres Nilo, who fires in a center and GIOVANI!!!! Clanks it off the post, so close to being 2-0 and just denied by the metal.
Bosnia pushing forward but lose it to Andrade who launches a huge through pass. If Aldo de Nigris gets there a split second earlier, he's got a one-on-one with Begovic.
So far, a pretty fun game to watch. Both defenses are feeling the effects of the wet pitch and fierce tempo, if they keep this up a goal is sure to come for either team.
Giovani dos Santos mirrors Aldo de Nigris' play on the Mexican goal and smashes through the left side of the pitch, centers for anyone to push it in but a Bosnian leg pushes the ball out of harm's way.
Roma's Pjanic takes it but there's no shot on goal. Mexico's first stress-free set piece.
Corner to Bosnia from the left side.
Great filtered pass to Misimovic, but the forward reacts late and cannot beat Ochoa to the ball.
Oh, bad mistake on the break by Bosnia, and Gio dos Santos gets a one-on-one with a defender. The Tottenham forward takes a shot on goal but it goes wide.
How long can both teams keep this pace up? The action is going back and forth with tremendous velocity.
Andrade takes the free kick and Begovic is there to take the strong but predictable shot.
Torres Nilo is fouled about 30 yards from the Bosnia goal after a great combo between him and Tigres mate Carlos Salcido.
Mexico responds with a Pablo Barrera run, who is brought down close to the Bosnian box but no foul is called.
Having Mexico score a goal was the best thing that could have happened to Bosnia. They're attacking the Mexican area with ferocity now.
OCHOA AGAIN!!! Mexico really poor on set pieces tonight, as another corner kick gets free, a Bosnian player shoots point blank and Ochoa was able to save it.
JUST WIDE! Mexico not doing well on set pieces tonight, and Ibisevic was close to making this 1-1 on his header.
OCHOA! Great save from the Ajaccio goalkeeper after Dzeko gets free and shoots from just outside the box.
Pjanic gets a nice pass in the box, but is later dispossessed. Ball is pushed out where Pjanic is fouled. Free kick.
Good tempo to the game despite the rainy pitch. A tip of the hat to Soldier Field's groundskeeping team. No puddles here. Yet.
Dzeko is very isolated up front for Bosnia, and will not have the benefit of Manchester City's great midfield corps to create offense thus far. It's up to Meunjanin, Pjanic and Ibisevic to facilitate his capabilities.
Mexico's first possession after the goal. Dos Santos pushing all attacks now on the left flank of the pitch and gives to Barrera. Ball is kicked away for yet another Mexican corner.
SO CLOSE!! Meunjanin was almost able to tie it up after a corner kick taken well got loose in the box. The ball was cleared for a second corner that was defended with less difficulty.
AssistA. De Nigris
All Aldo de Nigris on that one, folks. Through ball from Salcido to De Nigris, he dummies a defender away from the ball, shoots - it's parried by Begovic and Dos Santos is able to push it in from a yard out. 1-0, Mexico.
GoalGiovani dos Santos
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!! MEXICO!!!!! GIOVANI DOS SANTOS!!!!!
Watch for the Bosnian response... Dzeko takes a good pass and tries to cut into the box, but is denied by Ayala who clears.
Salcido takes a shot that Begovic handles nicely.
Corner is taken well. Ball is still Mexican after the initial cross is deflected, but eventually Bosnia is able to clear.
Mexico showing that same high tempo style of play that overwhelmed Wales. Lots of short passes and now a great through ball for Barrera, he centers and the ball goes out for a corner.
Zavala centers after the corner is taken short, but no one is there to connect. Goal kick for Bosnia and their huge fan turnout.
Early domination from Mexico. They have possession and have forced an early corner kick that Dos Santos will take from the left.
No Chicharito for Mexico tonight, at least not in the starting eleven. We'll see how Aldo de Nigris takes advantage, already scoring a brace last weekend against Wales.
It's time for fútbol. Mexico kicks the game off. El Tri in all black uniforms tonight, Bosnia with a white top and blue shorts. White socks as well.
Any minute now...
Former PSV and Fulham defender Carlos Salcido will play his 100th game for Mexico tonight.
Teams warming up now as the ref checks to see if we're ready to go.
Guess what the chant is across Soldier Field? BOSNIA! BOSNIA! BOSNIA! Crowd looks 50/50, at best. Difficult for Mexico to be the 'away' team in the United States, but it looks like that could be the case tonight.
Begovíc, Mujdza, Pandza, Jahic, Rahimic, Medunjanin, Lulic, Pjanic, Misimovic, Ibisevic, Dzeko.
MEXICO: Ochoa, Salcido, Maza, Hugo Ayala, Torres Nilo, Severo Meza, Barrera, Zavala, Andrade, Giovani, De Nigris
Here are the line-ups for tonight:
Appropriately gusty here in the Windy City, rain has not stopped. Mexico are already on their heels thanks to injuries, as Marquez will not play and Chicharito had been listed as questionable throughout the week.
Huge roar from Bosnian fans as the anthem ends. Now it's Mexico's turn.
I'm Eric Gomez. You can follow me on Twitter @goaleric, stay with me as this should be a good one.
Bosnia's national anthem sounds across Soldier Field.
Welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of Mexico vs. Bosnia, coming to you from a very rainy Soldier Field in Chicago.
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