Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado scored goals in the first half as Mexico won.Mexico and Paraguay faced off during the 3-1 win in Oakland, California on Saturday afternoon. Two goals from Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and one from Andres Guardado gave Mexico the advantage in the first half that held through the end.
Cristian Riveros scored Paraguay’s lone goal in the last few minutes of the game.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ scored in the seventh minute. Pablo Barrera sent in a cross from the right and Hernandez crouched down to head the ball past Justo Villar. Paraguayan defender Paulo da Silva marked ‘Chicharito,’ but he could not get a step ahead to stop the Mexican player from scoring.
Andres Guardado made an attempt in the 14th minute. ‘Chicharito’ took the ball down the left wing and crossed into the box for Guardado, but the player could only send it to the stands.
Guardado doubled the score for Mexico in the 28th minute. Rafael Marquez sent in the ball to the box and Dario Veron lost his marking on Guardado. Guardado then easily received the ball, controlled with his left and then sent it to the right post for the 2-0 score.
In the 29th minute Paraguay were caught again with a dangerous ball in the box, but da Silva cleared it away.
‘Chicharito’ scored his second goal in the 33rd minute. Ricardo Osorio received the ball from Gerardo Torrado and brought the ball down on the right wing after and sent it to ‘Chicharito’ who was standing in front of goal to simply push it in for the 3-0 lead.
Edgar ‘Pajaro’ Benitez attempted a shot in the 49th minute, but it was a weak effort and Alfredo Talavera easily blocked the shot.
Talavera punched away a free kick in the 58th minute from one of the few Paraguay attacks.
Paraguay;s Marcelo Estigarriba mustered a play in the 85th minute and took a shot at the Mexican goal. The play forced Talavera into a save.
A corner kick garnered from the previous play and scored a goal in the 86th minute. Cristian Riveros managed to get a boot on the ball and sent it in to the tight space between the post and Talavera. Paraguay scored one and made it 3-1.