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  • January 30, 2013
  • • 10:00 PM
  • • University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
  • Referee: C. Penso
  • • Attendance: 43345
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Live Commentary

  • 90'
    Odd. The referee whistled full time at 90 minutes on the dot, no extra time. We end 1-1. The game had plenty of action, even if both goals came from penalties. An impressive 40,000 showed up to watch in Phoenix.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionAndreas Cornelius Yussuf Poulsen
  • 85'
    SubstitutionMads Winther Albæk Daniel A. Pedersen
  • 85'
    Leading up to and directly after that penalty, both coaches made a series of changes. Things will likely get choppy in the last five minutes.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionH. Herrera J. Molina
  • 84'
    Penalty GoalAndreas Cornelius
    Cornelius scores! He sent Saucedo the wrong with a calm side-footed shot. We're tied at 1-1.
  • 82'
    PENALTY. This time for Denmark. Torres Nilo took down Cornelius from behind. A touch soft, but the first one was too.
  • 81'
    Jimenez had a half chance there. In the middle of several defenders, he one-timed a shot with the outside of his foot. Easily saved.
  • 77'
    Chepo has kept his 4-2-3-1 shape with all these substitutions. Jimenez is alone up top, with Arce sitting a ways behind. Fabian has drifted left, and Aquino is still down the right.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionNicolai Jörgensen U. Bech
  • 73'
    Attendance in the University of Phoenix Stadium is 43,345.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionA. De Nigris R. Jiménez
  • 70'
    Club America's Raul Jimenez makes his Mexico debut.
  • 69'
    The foul was silly but looked outside the box. The referee is Chris Penso‎, from MLS.
  • 68'
    Penalty GoalM. Fabián
  • 68'
    Marco Fabian takes it and . . . scores. He drilled the ball into the net so hard it bounced back out like a trampoline. Mexico leads.
  • 66'
    Yellow CardMikkel Kirkeskov
  • 66'
    PENALTY. Aquino went down in the box from a shoulder charge by Kirkeskov.
  • 65'
    That was careless. Maza sloppily turned the ball over with the defense stretched, and Denmark sub Silberbauer had an open shot on goal. He put it well wide when more was expected of him.
  • 61'
    SubstitutionAnders Christiansen M. Silberbauer
  • 61'
    Among a series of free kicks, Aquino creates an inch of space on the flank and sizzles a cross into the box, which can't find a body.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionÁ. Reyna F. Arce
    That was Reyna's last action of the match. Xolos midfielder Arce replaces him.
  • 59'
    Tricky. Reyna sneakily pulled a free kick back as El Tri players crashed the net. Salcido had an open shot, but it was deflected out.
  • 55'
    Reyna had that. Ayala played a long ball over the top. One player was offside, but Reyna came from behind the defense. However, before latching onto the ball, he stopped as if unaware that play was live, and the goalkeeper collected.
  • 53'
    Now action on the other end. Christiansen's quick footwork pushed the ball to Cornelius, who tipped it to substitute Kusk, who drilled a shot narrowly wide.
  • 50'
    Fabian is eager to get involved. This time he hit a potent long-distance shot that tested Hansen.
  • 49'
    Mexico came out of the half amped up. Torres Nilo slipped a tidy ball through to Fabian on the left flank, and the cross found Aquino, but the new Villarreal signing accidentally handled it.
  • 47'
    Yellow CardAnders Christiansen
  • 46'
    SubstitutionJ. Corona C. Saucedo
    Both teams made substitutions. Fabian and Saucedo enter for Mexico.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionO. Peralta M. Fabián
    Fabian replaces Peralta, who was quiet. Fabian will drop off De Nigris a bit and help orchestrate the attack. This should give El Tri more potency in attack, as the two forwards frequently canceled each other out in the first half.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionEmil Larsen Kasper Kusk
  • 46'
    Saucido, the goalkeeper for Liga MX champion Club Tijuana, makes his debut at 31 years old.
  • An update: Mexico will play Peru in San Francisco on April 17 in a friendly. Should be a good gear-up for the Gold Cup.
  • 45'
    That's half. The finishing let us down, but overall these teams offered a bright opening stanza.
  • 39'
    Aquino collected the scraps from a long ball and poked it through to De Nigris. The forward got too excited to see space in front of him and hit a tame shot from distance, which Hansen easily scooped up.
  • 31'
    OH MY. Reyna motored free down the left flank. He tried to curl the ball to De Nigris with the outside of his right boot. Central defender Stadsgaard intercepted, pinging the ball off his own post and out for a corner. That was the closest we've come to a goal yet.
  • 27'
    Thus far Mexico has edged possession and is finding favor along the flanks, though it is yet to truly break down this Danish defense yet. Denmark is finding luck on the counterattack. This game has goals in it.
  • 25'
    MISS. Jorgensen worked the ball out left to the overlapping Kirkeskov. The fullback floated the ball into the box, where Cornelius headed just over.
  • 23'
    Aguilar made his way into the box, but Kirkeskov muscled him off the ball. The referee isn't interested in whistling shoulder-barges thus far.
  • 16'
    SAVE. We have our first shot on goal. Peralta delicately played Reyna into the box. He pulled the ball back behind De Nigris, and new Villarreal signing Aquino hit a deflected shot on target. The Danish goalkeeper pawed the ball away.
  • 14'
    The man to watch for Denmark is 19-year-old Cornelius. He's 6-foot-4 and scored three against Canada last week.
  • 13'
    El Tri hits out on a lightning counterattack after some Danish pressure. Reyna found some time on the left flank, but he badly overcooked the cross.
  • 9'
    Those unfortunate enough to see USA 0-0 Canada last night will be surprised that this is an actual game, played at pace, with teams apparently interested in scoring a goal or two. Fun stuff.
  • 8'
    Larsen and Torres Nilo came together in the box there, a shoulder barge chasing the ball. The Mexican fullback went down, but Denmark earned a corner.
  • 5'
    Jorgensen again teed up a chance. This time he cut the ball back to the top of the box where Christiansen drilled his shot wide.
  • 1'
    Jorgensen zipped to the byline early and lifted the ball in front of goal. Torres Nilo knocked it out for a corner.
  • 1'
    And we've got kickoff.
  • There's a slight delay for kickoff, as the Denmark team didn't show up at the stadium until roughly 9:30 ET, half an hour before the game was scheduled to begin.
  • Denmark's lineup: Hansen; Jacobsen, Okore, Stadsgaard, Kirkeskov; Albaek, Sloth; Larsen, Christiansen, Jorgensen; Cornelius
  • Hector Herrera is making his first start with the full national team. He has 22 minutes of international soccer to his name.
  • That lineup features five Olympic gold medalists.
  • México: Corona; Aguilar, Ayala, Maza Rodríguez, Torres Nilo; Herrera, Salcido, Reyna, Aquino; De Nigris, Peralta.
  • Mexico is 2-1-2 against Denmark, the only loss coming in 1969.
  • That said, Denmark is coming off a 4-0 trouncing of Canada. Both sides feature reserves and youngsters.
  • Welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Mexico versus Denmark. Since 2003, Mexico has played its first match of the year in the United States. Arizona plays host to this friendly. El Tri has only lost one of those games since 2004, to Sweden in 2009.