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May 27, 2012
• MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Referee: R. Salazar
• Attendance: 35518
A. de Nigris 43', 89'
90' + 3'
Full-time! It finishes Wales 0-2 Mexico as Chris Coleman's first game in sole charge of Wales finishes in defeat. In humid conditions, the Mexicans struck at the end of both halves through an Aldo De Nigris brace.
Assist E. Andrade
Goal A. De Nigris
GOAL! This game is surely over now as De Nigris get his second of the game and it's more poor defending from the Welsh as he benefits from a deep defensive line to fire home past Brown.
Wales surely have no time here to salvage something and they are indebted to more wonderful goalkeeping from Brown once again as he gets down well to paw aside Andrade's effort for a corner.
Wales having their best spell of the game here, can they force an equaliser though? Ramsey's surging run through midfield is halted illegally and after Bellamy's resultant free-kick goes out for a corner, they keep up the pressure. The Liverpool striker's cross just evades Church and Andy King. It would be most unfair on Mexico if Wales get anything from this game, they have been much the better team.
Ten minutes to go and Mexico are still searching for a second here which would surely confirm victory and their superiority. Wales look dead on their feet and even Vokes, who only came on some 20 minutes ago, is feeding on scraps and looks fatigued. Swansea City's young left-back Ashley Richards gets his first cap for Wales and gets 10 minutes to prove his worth.
Pablo Edson Barrera
Barrera at the centre of everything good about the Mexicans at the moment. First, he blazes over after good work from Jorge Torres Nilo but is then forced off after going down injured from a hurried effort on goal.
Giovani dos Santos
Jorge Emmanuel Torres
Bellamy creates a rare opening for Wales but is wasteful with his effort as he fires over the bar. Rare respite for the Welsh who are being pegged back by the Mexicans even more. Barrera's cross just eludes De Nigris and the winger then fires in a shot, which is blocked.
Adam Matthews almost gifts Mexico a second as he slips and lets Andrade in, but he lashes wide when a cross may have perhaps been the better option. Matthews injures himself in the process and comes off in a triple change for Wales, as he is replaced by Sam Ricketts. Robson Kanu and Morison, as predicted, come off for Sam Vokes and Church respectively.
What a save from Jason Brown there as he somehow pushes Dos Santos' close-range header off the line after a stunning cross from West Ham player Pablo Barrera. Simon Church is set to come on for Steve Morison as Wales look for an attacking impetus.
Mexico starting the second half just as they ended the first, on top. Brown is forced into another smart save before Moreno somehow contrives to miss an open goal at the far post from a left-wing cross. Wales need to keep calm and get some sort of foothold in this game. Morison cutting a forlorn figure up front at the moment.
The second half begins as Wales kick us off, there are no substitutions at the break.
Half-time! Mexico lead 1-0 here in New York thanks to an Aldo De Nigris header two minutes before the break. The Mexicans deserve their lead but Wales are very much still in this.
Assist S. Meza
Goal A. De Nigris
GOAL! Mexico are in front and it is the two livewires Dos Santos and De Nigris who combine for the opening goal in this one. The latter heads home a deep cross from the former with Wales asleep at the back.
Mexico force a corner and Morison has a decent opportunity for Wales but is slow to react to a loose ball in the area. Not a lot else going on at the moment though, in all honesty...
Dos Santos is proving to be a real thorn in the Welsh side at the moment. Firstly, he sets up Andrade for a rasping strike from the edge of the area, but is well dealt with by Brown, before the diminutive winger fires just wide after dummying a pass to the equally lively De Nigris. Ashley Williams is angry at full-back and Swansea teammate Neil Taylor, who was sluggish in closing the Tottenham player down.
Mexico almost score on the counter but De Nigris is thwarted by the energetic Joe Allen's last-gasp tackle. Wales starting to get into the game more in the last five minutes though with Bellamy and Morison threatening up front and Allen and Ramsey making things tick in midfield.
Reading winger Robson-Kanu was guilty of gifting possession away in the build-up to De Nigris' chance and does so again to the frustration of his teammates just minutes later as Carlos Salcido flashes a cross into the area but it ultimately comes to nothing. Robson-Kanu almost makes amends though as he guides a header just wide after good Welsh play.
Yellow Card Aaron Ramsey
Wales opened up twice in the space of two minutes as first Edgar Andrade gets behind the Welsh defence but chips over from an awkward angle on the left-hand byline. Then, having clearly not learned their lesson, Aldo De Nigris steals in at the back post and looks odds-on to score, but doesn't, thanks to a top save from Brown. The Aberdeen keeper has had a great start to this game.
Hal Robson-Kanu goes on an encouraging run and Steve Morison's expert hold-up play nearly frees Bellamy as Wales look to gain some sort of stranglehold in this game, but Mexico still firmly in the driving seat at the moment.
Not too much happening here in New York but the Mexicans are arguably on top here, controlling possession and looking to find a gap in the Welsh defence.
Mexico are first out the blocks in terms of a goalscoring opportunity as Giovani Dos Santos, the Tottenham playmaker tries his luck from the left-hand side of the area and forces Brown into a decent save.
Mexico get us underway here at the MetLife Stadium in this friendly.
Aberdeen's Jason Brown who has won only two caps prior to tonight starts in goal for the Welsh after Wayne Hennessey, Boaz Myhill and Lewis Price were all ruled out of the trip to the United States. Injuries to Joe Ledley and Gareth Bale have been frustrating for Coleman, but he is boosted by Craig Bellamy's inclusion, the Liverpool striker had been rumoured to have been weighing up whether to retire from the international scene.
Mexico: Corona, Moreno, Meza, Salcido, Rodríguez en defensa, Barrera, Zavala, Pérez, Andrade, Dos Santos, De Nigris
Chris Coleman takes charge of Wales for the first time tonight and his line-up is: Brown; Gunter, Matthews, Williams, Taylor; Edwards, Allen, Ramsey, Robson-Kanu; Bellamy, Morison
Wales: Brown; Gunter, Matthews, Williams, Taylor; Edwards, Allen, Ramsey, Robson-Kanu; Bellamy, Morison. Subs: F. Williams, Vokes, Henley, Ricketts, King, Easter, Church, Lynch, Richards, Taylor
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's Live commentary of Wales' international friendly with Mexico here in New York.
Evening all, welcome to tonight's LIVE! commentary between Mexico and Wales. Chris Coleman is searching for his first win since taking charge of Wales, can he secure that tonight?
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