BREAKING: Mexico beats Nigeria 4-0 in friendly match
Mexico beat Nigeria 4-0 in their friendly at the towering Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, known simply as the LA Coliseum.
The Mexicans scored two goals in four minutes to take the lead in the game played at the 77,500-seat LA Coliseum on Sunday (Nigerian time).
The game is one of the most watched games in the world since the restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic that erupted last year.
Hector Herrera gave the Mexicans the lead in the 2nd minute from the first corner of the game while Rogelio Funes Mori made it 2-0 in the fourth minute, Udo kept him to the side as the referee allowed the goal despite calls for an offside from the Nigerians.
Luis Rodriguez received a yellow card in the 14th minute for a foul on Anayo Iwuala. He stopped the Nigerian who was heading for a quick counterattack.
Jesus Corona almost scored 3-0 in the 25th minute, but his volley from a precise cross by Hirving Lozano flew over the bar.
Lozano saw his shot saved by Nwabali in the 29th minute and came close again in the 30th minute, but his shot missed this time.
The Eagles failed to shoot on or off target for the first 45 minutes as the Mexicans controlled the tempo of the game.
Eagles defender Imo Udo received a 53rd minute warning for a foul on Mexican striker Lozano after a dangerous tackle on the right flank, but Nwabali made a smart save on the resulting free kick after skipper Herrera jumped the highest to direct the ball.
Olusesi did well to stop Lozano’s cross early in the second half. The Napoli star called on the Nigerian keeper to make a smart save after taking a shot from 22 yards. Nwabali was also up to the task to save the lead at close range from the resulting corner.
Nwabali was beaten for the third time by Mexican skipper Herrera. The Atletico Madrid midfielder scored his brace after benefiting from a stray ball from Nwabali’s save on Lozano’s attempt on goal.
Stephen Jude and Sunday Adetunji replaced Seth Mayi and Charles Atshimene in the 58th minute of the game.
Franklin Tebo replaced Adekunle Adeleke while injured Uche Onwuasoanya replaced Rabiu Zilkiflu in the 67th minute.
Jonathan dos Santos made it 4-0 in the 78th minute, scoring a well-calculated pass from Erick Gutierrez from midfield.
Sunday’s game was the sixth meeting between the senior teams of the two countries, four of which ended in draws.
The only victory in the series came to Mexico with a 2-1 US Gold Cup meeting in Dallas, Texas on June 24, 1995.
Close encounters include a 1-1 draw at the FIFA Intercontinental Tournament for the King Fahd Cup (now FIFA Confederations Cup) in Saudi Arabia on January 13, 1995 (Mexico won 5- 4 on penalties in the quarterfinals), and 0-0 in friendlies in Houston and Atlanta the previous decade. A friendly in Mexico also ended 2-2