Giovani Dos Santos scored an equalizer midway through the second half to help offset a pair of Juan Arango free kick goals.Mexico and Venezuela drew 2-2 in a friendly at the Olimpico Benito Juarez in Juarez, Mexico on Tuesday night.
The game will be Mexico’s last game of 2010 and the last before a permanent manager is named in charge of the national team.
Venezuela quickly launched the attack with only a few minutes on the clock. In the sixth minute Venezuela received a free quick. Juan Arango stepped up to take the shot and sent the ball to the top left corner of the goal, leaving Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa with no hope of reaching the ball.
Pablo Barrera responded for Mexico in the 11th minute. Barrera made his way to the right of the box and took a long shot that ended up going wide of the goal.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez tried to make an impression in the 21st minute. He won the ball within Mexico’s half and made his way toward the goal. No one was there to support him and his shot ended wide.
Venezuela were reduced to ten men when Gabriel Cichero received a second yellow card in the 25th minute. The referee showed Cichero the second yellow for a high tackle on Ivan ‘Guti’ Estrada. The Mexican player could not continue on the field and was substituted by Elias Hernandez.
A few minutes late, in the 34th minute, the Mexican substitution paid dividends. Hernandez passed from the right. Javier ‘Chuletita’ Orozco did not reach the ball in front of goal, and it sailed to ‘Chicharito’ at the far post. ‘Chicharito’ headed the ball and equalized at 1-1 for Mexico.
Again, Venezuela took the lead in the 40th minute with a second goal from Arango. In a similar fashion to his first goal, Arango took advantage of an awarded free kick. His shot sailed over the wall, and entered in a similar spot to his first goal. Once more, Ochoa flew and watched the ball go into the goal near the top left corner.
In the 57th minute Edgar Dueñas looked dangerous with a header. An initial pass from Giovani Dos Santos connected with Dueñas, but it ended in Daniel Hernadez’s hands’.
Mexico once again caught up with Venezuela with a second goal in the 61st minute. Dos Santos received on the left of the box, and he made his way through and unleashed a hard shot that hit the left corner of the goal for the 2-2 draw.
Carlos Salcido almost added a third goal in the 65th minute with a tough shot from the left, but it only caused ripples in the side netting.
In the 69th minute Elias Hernandez sent the ball for Jorge Torres Nilo. Giovanny Romero tried to clear and almost sent the goal into his own net.
‘Chicharito’ looked on the verge of scoring in the 72nd minute. He received the ball on the left of the box and outpaced the Venezuela defenders. He shot at a tight angle, and the ball hit the side netting.
Roberto Rosales tried to make his mark in the 76th minute with a shot, but the ball ended going over second-half substitute goalkeeper Jesus Corona.
Mexico looked close to adding a third in the 81st minute. Elias Hernandez’s initial shot was blocked by goalkeeper Hernandez, and Torres Nilo tried to get to the rebound but his shot steered away from the open goal.
Several spectators made their way on to the field near the end of the game. The action stopped for a few minutes so security could get them off the field.
In added time Javier ‘Maza’ Rodriguez left Mexico with ten men. ‘Maza’ received a second yellow card for a tackle on a Venezuelan player.