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  • May 28, 2014
  • • 9:30 PM
  • • Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México (D.F.)
  • Referee: E. Bonilla
  • • Attendance: 80000

Live Commentary

  • 90' + 4'
    That'll do it! A good night for Blanco, a good night for Mexico. 
  • 90' + 2'
    Fabian trying to match Layun, takes another shot and nearly bends it into the far post.
  • 90' + 1'
    Mexico earns a late corner. Three minutes tacked on to the end here.
  • 89'
    That should be more than enough to see this match out for Mexico. A good showing and a good result for El Tri. Showed signed of promise tonight in the attacking third with three really nice strikes bringing the three goals.
  • 85'
    Goal M. Fabián
  • 85'
    Another really nice GOAL!! Marco Fabian hits that one on the screws as it comes back to the top of the box off a deflected Chicharito cross. Nice goal, comfortable win for Mexico.
  • 83'
    SubstitutionSherran Yeini Maor Buzaglo
  • 82'
    Guardado took it really well but it was saved and Mexico can't make anything of the long rebound.
  • 82'
    Free kick for Mexico in these later minutes here. 
  • 79'
    Paul Aguilar has done well down the right but his final ball is consistently not finding the mark.
  • 75'
    Ochoa makes his first save of the night on a shot from Yossi Benayoun.
  • 74'
    Isreal putting on some pressure. A couple of crosses in have been dealt with well. 
  • 73'
    SubstitutionJ. Corona Francisco Guillermo Ochoa
  • 73'
    SubstitutionOmar Damari Eden Ben Basat
  • 72'
    SubstitutionMiguel Arturo Layun A. Pulido
  • 72'
    Corona comes out, taken off on a cart, and Layun is subbed off as well, with Pulido coming on for him.
  • 69'
    Corona is down on the pitch, and this is a bit worrying for Mexico. He took a hit from his own guy to the head and hasn't been very active since it happened.
  • 68'
    Game swinging one end to the other. Mexico takes a corner and the header is just high and off the crossbar. 
  • 64'
    SubstitutionEran Zahavi Yossi Benayoun
  • 64'
    Isreal nearly answers but Mexico survives the scare. Nice hit from Zahavi is saved by Corona from a free kick.
  • 62'
    Assist A. Guardado
  • 62'
    Goal Miguel Arturo Layun
  • 62'
    LAYUN!!! Again.. another wonder shot. Really nice hit from him and he's making a statement. Cuts onto his right and has a go that hits the crossbar and bounds in.
  • 60'
    Mexico looks good this half. Much sharper, and you'd imagine that has more to do with the men on the pitch than anything.
  • 59'
    SubstitutionI. Brizuela M. Ponce
  • 59'
    SubstitutionLior Rafaelov Gil Vermouth
  • 55'
    Raúl Jiménez puts his first look of the game into the side netting. Nice hit, just off target. Some good quick buildup play from El Tri.
  • 53'
    Rodriquez gets left on a corner and his mark wins the header but puts it wide. That's still a concern for the Mexicans, how they deal with set plays defensively.
  • 50'
    Ben Haim with a nice run down the left and picks out Zahavi who sweeps his shot over the bar.
  • 49'
    Isreal has shown some good instincts on the counter, won another corner here but Corona catches and clears. Layun, rushed forward and picks out Chicharito, but he can't keep it.
  • 48'
    Fabian picks out Hernandez at the top of the box, but the Manchester United player can't turn his way into a shot.
  • 47'
    Early flash up over the top for Mexico.
  • 46'
    SubstitutionBen Sahar Tal Ben Haimm
  • 46'
    SubstitutionBeram Kayal Bibras Natcho
  • 46'
    SubstitutionO. Peralta Javier Hernández
  • 46'
    Been some delay in getting this going, but we're in play now.
  • 46'
    Here we go with the second half. A nice ceremony for Blanco at halftime, given a golden boot and took a trot around the field. He's been a great player for Mexico. Plenty of good things in his career to talk about, and he'll be well remembered.
  • Halftime in this one. Mexico takes a 1-0 lead to the break. Blanco has a good final showing, and now it's down to the serious buisness at hand of getting ready for Brazil.
  • 45' + 1'
    Fabian has a shot right at the end of the half. It's defelcted away for a corner but the whistle goes to end the half.
  • 45' + 1'
    Just one minute added on to this first half. 
  • 45'
    Yellow Card Yuval Spungin
  • 44'
    The winger dips inside on his right foot and has a go. A really nice hit finds the net, with a little help from a goalkeeper taking a poor first step. But it's El Tri in front!
  • 43'
    Assist A. Guardado
  • 43'
    Goal Miguel Arturo Layun
  • 43'
    GOAL!!!! Mexico is in front, and that was a nasty shot from Layun!!
  • 39'
    SubstitutionCuauhtemoc Blanco R. Jiménez
  • 39'
    THERE IT IS! Blanco comes off! That's the end of a legendary career, and love him or hate him, you hate to see him go. He's the type of personality that makes the game fun, and his play was always enjoyable to watch. Farewell!!
  • 35'
    Looks like he will.... The SHOT! It's high and wide, and that may be his last look as a Mexican national team player.
  • 34'
    Blanco gets fouled, goes down, comes up looking for a card. Now, will he take this free kick?
  • 33'
    Blanco's night has to be just about over. 33rd minute, still scoreless, and the veteran is struggling through it. 
  • 30'
    Corner for Isreal, cleared away by Mexico's defense. 
  • 28'
    Blanco sends in a corner and Isreal finally gets it clear of the danger.
  • 27'
    Blanco tries to dash around his defender, no dice. He doesn't have the legs for that these days.
  • 26'
    Mexico turning the screws some over this past 10 miuntes or so.
  • 23'
    CHANCE!! Blanco picks out the pass and Peralta gets it on goal but it's saved very well.
  • 20'
    Guardado tries to whip in a cross but sent it high of the mark.
  • 19'
    Blanco trying to flash a bit in the middle, and does so well enough, but Mexico can't hold onto the ball.
  • 18'
    Isreal comes right back and wins a corner at the other in. Floated into the box this time and it was dangerous but nobody can get a solid head to it and Mexico has the ball back.
  • 14'
    Corner for Mexico. Let's see if they can make use of this. Blanco to take it, he looks gassed 15 minutes in. He strikes a good ball in but Isreal gets it clear and heads the other way.
  • 12'
    Blanco tries to pick a pass over the top but leaves it a bit long.
  • 10'
    El Tri has settled in and is starting to get some flow to their game. Nice break forward down the right and a couple of dangerous crosses come in before Isreal gets it clear.
  • 7'
    Corner for Isreal. Played short and sent back. Wasted chance really, and Mexico dodges any chance of danger.
  • 5'
    Guardado steps forward and has a hit but sends it up over the top.
  • 4'
    Now Mexico getting a few touches, but Isreal has won it back and is trying to go forward.
  • 3'
    Blanco has already taken one hard tumble on his farewell night, and Mexico hasn't touched the ball much since that early rush.
  • 1'
    Early rush forward for Mexico ends with a foul and Isreal survives the first cross of the game.
  • 1'
    Mexico in the red kit with black shorts and socks, looking sharp. Moving left to right as I see it, and we're underway.
  • Good strong lineup for Mexico tonight around Blanco. Not a lot of big names in this Isreal squad, but some talent that could give Mexico a little bit of a test here.
  • Just minutes away from the opening kick, and the big story tonight will likely end up being as much about Blanco as about the game. His farewell showing, and he'll get the start up front.
  • We've got the starting lineups in. Here's Mexico: Corona, Rodriguez, Salcido, Reyes, Layuan, Fabian, Blanco, Brizuela, Guardado, Peralta, Aguilar And Israel: Harush, Shpungin, T. Ben, Gershon, Kayal, Refaelov, Yeini, Zahavi, Sahar, O. Ben, Damar