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Argentina v Mexico Live Commentary, 9/10/19

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ARG
MEX
Lautaro Martínez (17)
Lautaro Martínez (22)
L. Paredes (33 pen)
Lautaro Martínez (39)
Alamodome

Commentary

That will do it for our live coverage of this friendly between Argentina and Mexico! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
As for what's coming for these sides, Argentina will face Germany in a friendly on October 9th, while Mexico will hope to put this loss behind them ahead of their next friendly match with Trinidad and Tobago.
Neither side managed to do much of anything in the second half, but Argentina leave 4-0 winners having done more than enough in the first. Martinez recorded a hat-trick in the opening period (17’, 22’, 39’) and that, combined with Paredes penalty strike in the 33rd minute, proved to be more than enough to carry them past a toothless Mexico. El Tri managed to hold possession for 63.2 per cent of the match, but lacked any real creative impetus and failed to record a single shot on target all day. The defence didn’t fare any better with Araujo having a particularly dismal day, making three clear mistakes, all of which led to goals for Argentina. This was of course a friendly but it will be one that Argentina will savour, and one that Mexico will hope to soon forget.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: Argentina 4-0 Mexico
C. Salcedo
Yellow Card
Mexico
90' + 3' Salcedo is shown yellow for descent just seconds until the final whistle.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
A. Gaich
R. De Paul
Argentina
87' Gaich will enter the fray for the final moments of the match as de Paul makes way.
85' Dybala fools a pair of Mexican defenders with a lovely bit of skill in the penalty area before firing a shot straight into the legs of another. Mexico clear.
L. Balerdi
L. Martínez
Argentina
83' Martinez Quarta is the latest player to be withdrawn for Argentina, with Balerdi his replacement.
81' Tagliafico fouls Lozano in his own half, and Mexico will have a free-kick.
80' CHANCE! De Paul unleashed a swerving right-footed effort that seemed destined for the bottom-right corner of goal, but Ochoa makes a fantastic diving save and pushes it behind! Corner to Argentina.
L. Paredes
Yellow Card
Argentina
78' Paredes is the seventh player to have his name taken by the referee after a late, sliding challenge from behind on Lozano.
M. Lanzini
M. Acuña
Argentina
77' Acuna, who has been involved in some of the tensions of this match today, is now removed in favour of Lanzini.
76' Layun races down the right and attempts an early cross that is immediately blocked on the edge of the box and hit upfield.
74' PENALTY SHOUT! Lozano goes down in the box, sandwiched between Rojo and Tagliafico, but the referee denies the appeals of the Mexican players!
73' Pereyra just slightly underhits what was meant to be a through ball to Dybala that would have played the latter in behind the defence. Araujo does well to cut it out and clear.
H. Lozano
Yellow Card
Mexico
71' Now Lozano goes into the book for running through the outstretched leg of Paredes. Things are getting out of hand a bit now.
R. De Paul
Yellow Card
Argentina
70' De Paul is the latest player to be shown yellow after yelling directly in the face of the referee.
69' Argentina launch on a counter-attack and Tagliafico attempts a low-cross into the box that is smothered by Ochoa before it can cause any real trouble. 
67' A lofted pass is played to Lozano who attempts to chest it down on the right wing only to see the ball roll away and out of play. Goal-kick to Argentina.
R. Pereyra
A. Mac Allister
Argentina
65' Pereyra replaces Mac Allister in the midfield three for Argentina.
65' CHANCE! Dybala attempts to chip Ochoa who was off his line, but the chance drifts right of goal with the 'keeper scrambling! What a goal that would have been!
M. Acuña
Yellow Card
Argentina
63' Acuna picks up a yellow card after a challenge from behind on Lozano near the penalty area.
M. Fabián
J. Corona
Mexico
63' Corona started the half brightly, but is now replaced by Fabian.
C. Rodríguez
H. Herrera
Mexico
63' Herrera, who was on a yellow, is taken off for Rodriguez.
62' A cross from Mexico is deflected and almost falls to Lozano in the penalty area but it's cleared at the last second.
60' We're now an hour into this match, and Mexico have yet to register a shot on target.
56' Jimenez rolls about on the floor after Tagliafico went through the back of him, but the referee is unmoved.
N. Domínguez
E. Palacios
Argentina
54' Here comes Dominguez with Palacios the player that departs.
52' Dominguez is getting some final instructions from Lionel Scaloni, and the former will be the next player to come on for the Albiceleste.
51' CHANCE! A heavy pass was played to Dybala, who couldn't control it, but it kept running to de Paul who launched a right-footed shot that forced a diving save from Ochoa! Corner to Argentina.
49' Corona does well to track down a lobbed pass that was played all the way over from Layun at right back. It leads to nothing of note.
47' Corona loses two defenders with a brilliant roulette before dribbling straight into a third. Terrific stuff from the winger initially though!
46' The referee's whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
P. Dybala
Lautaro Martínez
Argentina
46' Well that didn't take long. Dybala does indeed come on for Argentina with Martinez, and his hat-trick, making way at the half.
1' Now Mac Allister is on the floor after a coming together with Gallardo. The temperature of this match is certainly starting to rise.
With the match all but settled, it will be interesting to see how these sides adjust in the second half. Argentina have already been playing a fairly heavily rotated side so will they bring on more of the kids, or could things get even worse for Mexico with the potential entrance of Dybala or Correa? As for El Tri, this match is likely over so they could well bring some of their key players off to protect them for the latter stages of this match.
Well, that got out of hand relatively quickly! Mexico started well, and still hold the lead in possession (66.9 per cent), but Argentina have been lethal just about every time they've driven into the opposing penalty area. Things got going in the 17th minute when Lautaro Martinez buried a chance into the bottom right corner of goal. Then, just five minutes later, Martinez got back on the score sheet after a favourable bounce on a counter-attack. Surprisingly, when a penalty was earned in the 33rd minute, it was Paredes who stepped up to take it, not Martinez, but the former managed to score it despite Ochoa getting a hand to it. Martinez did manage to get his hat-trick in the 39th minute though when a poor touch from Araujo in the box allowed the striker to run onto the ball and slot it between the legs of Ochoa. Linking all of these goals though have been poor, sloppy mistakes from Mexico at the back... with Aruajo the worst offender. Too much damage has likely already been done for Mexico to get back in this match, but they will certainly be hoping for a bit more composure at the back in the final 45 minutes.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: Argentina 4-0 Mexico
45' + 2' CHANCE! Argentina push into the opposing penalty area where Mac Allister unselfishly played the ball to de Paul, but the latter was slow with the shot which was then blocked away by the defence!
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
M. Rojo
Yellow Card
Argentina
45' Rojo leads with his arm on an aerial duel with Salcedo and the former is shown yellow.
43' After a period of passing the ball around the Argentinian penalty area, Mexico run out of ideas and whip in a hopeful cross that is easily caught by Andrada.
41' Every single one of Argentina's shots on target thus far (four) have wound up in the back of the net.
Lautaro Martínez
Goal
Argentina
39' GOOOALLLL!!! MARTINEZ HAS HIS HAT-TRICK! After some loose play in midfield, the ball was passed forward by Argentina to Martinez who lost it for a second, but a touch from Araujo took it back into the path of the Argentinian striker who finished between the legs of Ochoa! That's three errors at the back from Araujo that have directly led to all three goals from Martinez! Argentina 4-0 Mexico.
H. Herrera
Yellow Card
Mexico
37' Herrera went in studs up into the legs of Martinez Quarta, and the former is rightfully shown yellow.
35' Mexico have not lost a match in 2019, but that streak looks to be in serious peril with a little under an hour of this match left to play.
L. Paredes
Penalty Goal
Argentina
33' GOOOALLLL!!! ARGENTINA MAKE IT THREE! Paredes stepped up from the spot and struck his right-footed effort low and to the left! Ochoa did manage to get his right hand to the ball, but couldn't manage enough strength to keep it out! Argentina 3-0 Mexico
31' PENALTY GIVEN! Martinez ran onto a ball in the box and flicked it into the air where it hit the hand of Salcedo... and the referee immediately pointed to the spot!
30' Argentina are pressing all the way up to the goalkeeper at the moment. Can they force another error and score a third?
28' Martinez tries to play the ball around Araujo, but the defender is wise to it, collects, and plays it back to the 'keeper.
26' Martinez Quarta fouls Alvarez in his own half and Mexico will have a free-kick.
24' Mexico have dominated possession thus far (65.6 per cent) but Argentina have managed to score from two of their three shots thus far.
E. Palacios
Assist
Argentina
22' Palacios ran the left channel well on the counter, pounced on a loose ball, and played it through to Martinez who applied a deft finish!
Lautaro Martínez
Goal
Argentina
22' GOOALLLL!!!! MARTINEZ MAKES IT TWO! On a quick counter-attack, the Argentinian surged forward and blocked a clearance by Araujo that bounced kindly into the path of Palacios who played it back to Martinez for the finish! Fantastic move from Argentina that was aided with a touch of luck! Argentina 2-0 Mexico
19' It's no surprise that Martinez has scored today considering he led Argentina in goals at the Copa America this past summer (two).
L. Paredes
Assist
Argentina
17' Paredes did well to collect a loose pass from Araujo, before finding Martinez on his way to the penalty area where the striker applied the finish!
Lautaro Martínez
Goal
Argentina
17' GOOOALLLLL!!!! Argentina take the lead! After a sloppy pass from Araujo, Paredes collected in midfield before playing Martinez into the box and the latter finished across the keeper after finding a sliver of space! Bad mistake from Mexico, but decent goal from the Albiceleste! Argentina 1-0 Mexico
16' A teasing cross is sent in from the right by Mexico that pulls Andrada off his line, but the 'keeper does well to get there first and punch the ball away.
14' After a particularly hectic stretch of play, Mexico re-establish possession and pass the ball along the backline.
12' Dos Santos attempts a massive switch to Lozano on the right that is intercepted and cleared by Acuna.
E. Álvarez
Yellow Card
Mexico
10' Alvarez goes in late, and hard on de Paul, and the former is shown yellow for his troubles.
9' Araujo and Acuna have a disagreement about an errant elbow from the former. The referee calls them both over and gives them a warning rather than resorting to the cards at this early stage.
8' A cross is whipped in towards Corona in the box, but the latter trips en route, and the ball bounces harmlessly behind for a goal-kick.
6' Mexico are applying a high press and have already forced a few errors because of it.
4' Martinez Quarta makes a perfectly-timed challenge in the box to separate the ball from the feet of Jimenez. Corner to Mexico.
2' For those interested, Argentina are wearing all white while Mexico don an all-black strip.
1' Referee Hector Said Martinez blows his whistle, and this match is underway!
Both teams are lined up on the pitch while the national anthems ring around the Alamodome. Not long to go now!
Mexico make seven changes off the back of their 3-0 victory against the United States last time out. Sanchez Reyes Moreno, Rodriguez, Guardado, Hernandez, and Alvarado all lose their spots in the team, while Layun, Salcedo, Araujo, Alvarez, Dos Santos, Jimenez, and Lozano all come into the XI.
Five changes for Argentina after their match against Chile last week. Andrada, Rojo, Palacios, Mac Allistar, and Acuna all come into the side while a combination of Marchesin, Otamendi, Lo Celso, Correa, and Dybala fall to the bench or out of the side entirely.
Mexico substitutes: Rodolfo Cota, Hugo Gonzalez, Jonathan Orozco, Hector Moreno, Fernando Navarro, Diego Reyes, Jorge Sanchez, Luis Montes, Orbelin Pineda, Carlos Rodriguez, Roberto Alvarado, Uriel Antuna, Marco Fabian, Javier Hernandez, Alexis Vega.
Argentina substitutes: Franco Armani, Agustin Marchesin, Leonardo Balerdi, German Pezzella, Roberto Pereyra, Joaquin Correa, Nicolas Dominguez, Jorge Figal, Lucas Alario, Guido Rodriguez, Paulo Dybala, Manuel Lanzini, Federico Zaracho, Adolfo Gaich.
Mexico (4-3-3): Guillermo Ochoa; Miguel Layun, Carlos Salcedo, Nestor Araujo, Jesus Gallardo; Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos; Hirving Lozano, Raul Jimenez, Jesus Corona.
Argentina (4-3-3): Esteban Andrada; Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Marcos Rojo, Nicolas Tagliafico; Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Exequiel Palacios; Marcos Acuna, Alexis Mac Allister, Lautaro Martinez.
Regardless of who appears in the colours of Argentina today, they will surely be confident of picking up a win considering the Albiceleste have won four of their last five matches against Mexico, drawing the other.
We're still waiting on Argentina to share their team news for this match, but we will certainly share it with you as soon as they do.
These two sides have become pretty familiar with one another of late with this match marking the third between Argentina and Mexico in the last 12 months.
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