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  • January 29, 2014
  • • 9:00 PM
  • • Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
  • Referee: H. Rodríguez
  • • Attendance: 54313

Live Commentary

  • That's it! Alan Pulido scores three as Mexico easily dispatches South Korea in its first match of 2014.
  • 89'
    Goal A. Pulido
  • 89'
    Goal Mexico and IT'S PULIDO AGAIN! Hat trick on his debut! Two great saves in a row by Kim Seung-Gyu, but Pulido sweeps home the rebound for a dream debut
  • 86'
    Assist I. Brizuela
  • 86'
    Goal A. Pulido
  • 86'
    GOAL MEXICO! PULIDO AGAIN! Tremendous run by Brizuela, who runs right through the Korean defense and past several defenders, then cuts a cross back to Pulido, who volleys home from close range. A brace in his Mexico debut
  • 80'
    Korea with possession but again, it's squandered with a poor giveaway. Pulido gets a shot off that's saved off the counterattack. Pulido has shown flashes tonight, and he's likely earned himself another chance with El Tri at least
  • 77'
    SubstitutionJong-Woo Park Jin-Hyung Song
  • 74'
    Nice work by Pulido in the box, as he beats his man and gets a low cross in, but Kang Min-Soo makes a good sliding clearance
  • 69'
    Half chance for Mexico, as a long shot by Montes dribbles easily to the goalkeeper. Not a ton of attacking intent for Mexico this half
  • 67'
    SubstitutionJin Su Kim Dae-Ho Kim
  • 67'
    A couple of giveaways in a row for Diego Reyes, who may be slightly rusty after not getting a ton of action with Porto
  • 61'
    Korea has put together some decent attacking moves, but has lacked sharpness inside the box and in the final third. They need to take advantage of their chances
  • 60'
    SubstitutionKeun-Ho Lee Yo-Han Ko
  • 60'
    Decent curling left-footed free kick by Min-Woo Kim, but it goes just wide
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Seung-Ki Lee
  • 57'
    Lee Seung-Ki earns the game's first yellow as he brings Brizuela down in the midfield
  • 55'
    SubstitutionJ. Vázquez J. Zavala
  • 55'
    SubstitutionO. Peralta A. De Nigris
  • 55'
    SubstitutionRodríguez Quique Cameo
  • 54'
    Great chance for Korea as they get behind the the Mexico defense, but Brizuela comes in with a timely sliding challenge to cut out a certain goal.
  • 52'
    Torres Nilo's cross cut out and a corner upcoming for El Tri
  • 51'
    Good interplay by Mexico through the midfield. Montes looks lively after coming on at halftime
  • 49'
    Not a great sequence for Maza Rodriguez there, as the defender gets beat, then gives the ball away by trying to dribble out of trouble
  • 46'
    SubstitutionM. Ponce Jorge Emmanuel Torres
  • 46'
    SubstitutionC. Peña L. Montes
  • 46'
    SubstitutionRafa Márquez J. Valenzuela
  • 46'
    SubstitutionShin-Wook Kim Min Woo Kim
  • 46'
    SubstitutionMyeong-Ju Lee Seung-Ki Lee
  • 46'
    SubstitutionKi-Hun Yeom Ho Lee
  • 46'
    We're underway in the second half!
  • That's halftime. Mexico didn't play a great half, but turned it on in the last 10 minutes and manged to score twice
  • 45' + 1'
    Goal A. Pulido
  • 45' + 1'
    Korea can't clear off the free kick, and Pena gets behind the defense and cuts back to Pulido. HIs first shot is saved off the line but he puts home the rebound from a yard out
  • 45' + 1'
    GOAL MEXICO! Pulido scores his first goal in his first international game!
  • 45'
    Peralta cleverly wins a free kick near the corner flag. One last chance for El Tri before the half
  • 37'
    Assist M. Ponce
  • 37'
    Goal O. Peralta
  • 37'
    GOAL MEXICO! Peralta controls a low cross by Ponce, brushing off his defender by turning away, and is left with a simple finish from six yards out. Good work through the midfield from El Tri
  • 33'
    Very dodgy goalkeeping by Kim Seung-Gyu as he flaps at a corner, but he gets away with it
  • 32'
    Pena just wide! Terrible giveaway by Kim Kee-Hee and the Leon man fires low and just wide of the near post
  • 30'
    The Koreans are starting to take charge a bit. Mexico sloppy in possession
  • 26'
    Another chance Korea! Kim Kee-Hee cleanly wins a header from a corner, but it flies straight at Talavera, who may not have known much about it. Poor marking again by El Tri
  • 24'
    Chance for Korea! Kang Min-Soo is wide open from six yards out off a free kick, but his header is poor and bounces straight into the ground and wide
  • 23'
    Pena gives the ball away, leading to a four vs. three break for Korea, but Reyes cuts out the danger. There will be counterattack chances against Herrera's 3-5-2 system
  • 21'
    Another dangerous cross from Ponce on the left, but it's defended well enough by Korea. Lots of Mexico attacks coming from that left side
  • 18'
    Peralta's header goes wide off a free kick from the right flank. The Santos man had a lot to do from that far out
  • 15'
    Big chance for Korea as a long hoofed ball behind the Mexico defense is run onto by Lee Keun-Ho, who easily outran Marquez and got a shot that Talavera saved
  • 12'
    First big chance of the game as Brizuela drives into the box and hits a low shot/cross to the far post that Peralta nearly gets on the end of
  • 11'
    Now Korea with some high pressure, forcing Mexico into long balls from the back
  • 9'
    Lee Keun-Ho gets off Korea's first shot, and it flies wide of the near post from distance
  • 7'
    Ponce has been very involved on the left flank in the early going. His cross is claimed by the Korea goalkeeper Kim Seung-Gyu
  • 4'
    Shin-Wook Kim looks like he'll be a threat for Korea. The No. 9 is very big and strong and has already won a couple headers
  • 3'
    A bit of early possession for El Tri, as Korea is content to let them play the ball in their own half
  • 1'
    Mexico with an early attacking opportunity, but a giveaway by Brizuela
  • 1'
    We are underway!
  • The players are now coming onto the field, and we'll have kickoff in just a few minutes after the anthems
  • Mexico brought an all-domestic roster as well, with the exception of Porto's Diego Reyes, who was allowed to leave by his club. He starts tonight at center back
  • And here is the Mexico starting XI (5-3-2): Talavera, Márquez (C), Maza, Reyes, Ponce, Pizarro, Vázquez, Brizuela, Peña, Peralta, Pulido.
  • Because this is not a FIFA date, Korea's roster contains all Asian-based players. Of the 23 players on the roster, 20 play in the Korean league
  • Here's the starting XI for Korea tonight: Kim, Keehee, Jinsoo, Ki-Hun, Tae-Hwan, Jong-Woo, Myung-Joo, Keun-Ho, Shin-Wook, Minsoo, Park
  • Good evening all, Seth Vertelney with you to take you through tonight's friendly in San Antonio between Mexico and South Korea