Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mexico downs Ghana 1-0 in international friendly at NRG Stadium

Ghana DF Jonathan Mensah (4) and Mexico MF Erick Hernandez (8)
battle for the ball at NRG Stadium.
Photo by Darla S Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 28, 2017) Mexico capitalized on a mistake by Ghana and with a single penality kick, downed Ghana by the score of 1-0 in an international friendly match at Houston's NRG Stadium on Wednesday, June 29, 2017.

Ghana came out quickly; penetrating the Mexican defense in the first minute. Forward Majeed Waris got the ball inside the box and attempted to drive it past goalkeeper Moises Munez. Mexico picked up on the shot and deflected it away from the goal. Play continued for the next 20 minutes at a fever pitch until Munoz suffers an inadvertent blow; which sent him to the grass. After he was checked out by medical personal, the game resumed.

El Tri found the back of the net in the 32nd minute to get on the scoreboard. The Black Stars was penalized and Mexico midfielder Elias Hernandez drew blood on the penalty kick. When both teams headed to the locker room after 45 minutes, Mexico retained their 1-0 lead over Ghana.

Ghana got close to equalizing the score in the 56th minute when midfielder Frank Axheamppong made light work of three Mexican defenders, but Munez grabs and covers the cross to deny the goal

In two previous meeting, Mexico has come out on top; winning their last meeting by the score of 2-0 on March 26, 2008 at Craven Cottage in Fulham, London. On March 1, 2006, they met in their first-ever meeting, with Mexico coming out on top 1-0.

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