Mexico 5-0 Bolivia: Early Frenzy Enough For Tricolor

Mexico scored four goals after 20 minutes as Bolivia never threatened in Mexico's rout in San Francisco.

Mexico put five goals past Bolivia in a preparation friendly game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California Wednesday night. The game was a the first for in a preparation tour in the United States for ‘El Tri.’ Goals from Pablo Barrera, Javier ’Chicharito Hernandez, Braulio Luna and Paul Aguilar were enough to secure the Mexicana team a win.

First Half

The first minute saw Mexico quickly go on the attack. Pablo Barrera sent in a ball for Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez who confronted Bolivian goalkeeper Daniel Vaca, striking the ball into him. The ball rebounded and Hernandez tried once again, but Marvin Orlando Bejarano saved as the ball neared goal.  

It didn’t take too long for Mexico to try their hand at goal again. In the second minute Hernandez recovered a ball in left midfield, passing to Braulio Luna. Luna went up the left wing and passed to Pablo Barrera who knocked it past Vaca’s right outstretched figure to give Mexico an early lead.  

Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez doubled Mexico’s lead in the 12th minute. Braulio Luna had the ball in Bolivia’s box, but slid. The ball was left to ‘Chicharito’ who was in position to send it right to the back of the net for Mexico’s 2-0.     

Braulio Luna added a third only a few minutes later. In the 18th minute Pablo Barrera sent in a ball to ‘Chicharito’ but the Chivas man slipped. He managed to knock the ball towards goal where Braulio Luna arrived in front of an empty net to score the third of the night.  

 ‘Chicharito’ added his personal second of the night, and Mexico’s fourth goal in the 20th minute. A long ball was sent in and Hernandez easily outpaced Bejarano to go up against Vaca. Hernandez sent it past Vaca and made it 4-0.  

Bolivia came upon an opportunity in the 25th minute with a corner kick. Edgar Olivares was left unmarked on a corner kick, but he headed towards the ground and the rebound ended up high over the crossbar.  

In the 34th minute Bolivia had to close opportunities to add a goal. A free kick taken by Samuel Galindo hit the post, going past an outstretched Jonathan Orozco. The rebound hit the post as well.

Near the end of the first half ‘Chicharito’ nearly added a another goal for Mexico. A close shot went was punched out by Vaca.  

Second Half

Again, Mexico quickly opened the scoring in the new half. In the 52nd minute Paul Aguilar took advantage of a corner kick as Vaca stepped out of goal to send it into the back of the net and make it 5-0 for Mexico.  

An offside call took away a Bolivia goal in the 67th minute. Augusto Andaveris tapped in the rebound off of Jonathan Orozco from a free kick, but was in an offside position and had the goal disallowed.  

In the 70th minute Mexico came close with Alberto ‘Venado’ Medina in front of goal, but he sent it just wide of the post. Efrain Juarez had contributed with a run down the right, but the sixth goal remained off the scoreboard.  

Four minutes later ‘Venado’ Medina sent in the ball for Aldo De Nigris who tried to head in to goal but substitute the Bolivian substitute goalkeeper, Carlos Lampe, kept the ball out.  

Mexico continued to maintain possession in the last minutes of the game but kept the score the same.

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