Elias Hernandez scored a goal deep into the second half as Mexico beat Colombia 1-0 and won their first game since beginning this new World Cup cycle.
Hernandez's goal was enough to give Mexico the victory in a game where El Tri had the better of opportunities but were unlucky to break through earlier. It also marks the end of the 2010 calendar for the national team, who will return to action in February 2011.
Perhaps pressing because of Saturday's loss to Ecuador in Guadalajara, Mexico came out Tuesday attacking and in search of a goal. With Javier Hernandez and Giovani Dos Santos up top and Andres Guardado and Pablo Barrera manning the flanks, Mexico generated some solid chances early on. In the 10th minute, Guardado sent a free kick on goal but Colombia 'keeper Davis Ospina parried it away.
Guardado was again dangerous five minutes later when he fired another shot on goal but his attempt went just wide of the left post.
Colombia meanwhile nearly sneaked a goal in past Guillermo Ochoa. Adrian Ramos got a ball inside the penalty area and pushed his shot just high over the crossbar as Mexico were fortunate Ramos' aim was not better.
Dos Santos rattled a ball off the woodwork several minutes later as Mexico nearly took the lead.
Near the end of the half, Guardado tested Ospina once more but the Colombian 'keeper did enough to make the save and prevent Mexico from taking a lead into the intermission.
Mexico had an early chance in the second half as Barrera fired a shot on goal that Ospina was able to save.
In the 63rd minute, Dos Santos got to a cross from Elias Hernandez and nearly put one past Ospina but Ivan Cordoba was able to clear the ball out of danger.
Mexico pressured but were unable to break through until the 90th minute. Enrique Esqueda lined up a 30-yard free kick from the left side of the field. Esqueda fired a potent shot that Ospina saved. However, the ball sailed away from him and towards the top of the penalty area. Hernandez raced to the ball and knocked a 15-yard shot into the back of the goal.
Mexico were able to put the game away and claimed victory over Colombia and helped the Monterrey faithful celebrate the Bicentenario in style.
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