The friendly match played between Mexico and Nigeria at Texas on Saturday has ended in a draw. Both the teams found the back of the net a couple of times in the match.
It was a packed house at the Reliant Stadium. More than 60,000 people had gathered to watch the contest and they all would have enjoyed the quality of football that they witnessed on the ground.

Mexico had come into this match under a bit of pressure after not playing so well against Denmark and Peru in their previous two friendly matches this year. That pressure was reflecting in their performance in the 1st half. They were looking a bit clumsy.

The Nigerian players on the other hand looked in attacking mood at the start. They were making great moves and were looking like the team which could take the lead. But, that wasn’t the case to be. It’s Mexico which took the lead in the 21st minute against the run of play. It’s their star player Javier Hernandez who found the net. Pablo Edson Barrera set up the goal with a fine pass.

Just a few minutes later, Mexico was reduced to 10 players as Barrera was shown the red card. Nigeria simultaneously earned a penalty and they didn’t waste that opportunity. A flat shot from Brown Ideye went into the bottom corner of the net and the scores were levelled.

Just 5 minutes before the half time break, Nigeria got ahead by 2-1 courtesy of an own goal from Gerardo Torrado.

In the second half, the Mexican players looked more focussed. The coordination between them was better and they were just looking to keep things simple.

Mexico eventually managed to score the equalizer in the 70th minute. It was Hernandez again who did the job for his side. The Manchester United striker tapped Salcido’s cross home to get the crowd going.

There were no more goals scored in the remaining time and Mexico ended up playing their third successive draw this year.