Mexico Vs. Chile, 2011 International Friendly: Hey, A Football Match!

Mexico take on Chile at Estadio Azteca today. Chepo de la Torre will play random players who have no business in the team and Mexico will still avoid losing. Now you don't even have to watch!

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Mexico Vs. Chile, 2011 International Friendly: Full Time, Andres Guardado Goal Gives El Tri A Victory

Mexico and Chile didn't exactly put on a show in the first half of their international friendly match, but once the big guns game out for the second half, things got a lot more entertaining. Though the teams were much more lively and able to create many more chances in the second 45 minutes, only one goal came, and it wasn't from open play. Still, Andres Guardado's stunning free kick goal was cool enough that it was worth watching the entire match, and that goal led Mexico to a 1-0 win.

Giovani dos Santos looked a bit out of sorts in the first half, but he was predictably aided by Javier Hernandez, Pablo Barrera and Andres Guardado entering the game. In the 20 or so minutes where all four players were on the pitch, Mexico were the better side than Chile and looked similar to the team that won the Gold Cup convincingly.

Guardado's goal, a fantastic curling free kick, came in the 77th minute to give El Tri the victory. Jean Beausejour almost equalized three minutes later, but somehow took what looked like a certain goal and put his shot off of the crossbar. The last 30 minutes of the game were fantastic, but Guardado's goal stood as the only one on the night.

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Mexico Vs. Chile, 2011 International Friendly: Halftime, Snooooooooooooore

The good news is that there's a football match on today. The bad news is that it had to be this one. A matchup between Mexico and Chile sounds fantastic on paper, but neither side has been attacking with a whole lot of urgency and enthusiasm, and they're locked up in a 0-0 tie at halftime. There's been some pretty short passing and bodies getting forward, but both teams have failed to create clear-cut scoring chances and it's fairly obvious that these are not first choice teams.

Alexis Sanchez has entered the match and might spice things up a bit, but the circumstances under which he entered the game were unfortunate. Diego Rubio came out of the game to make way for Sanchez, apparently picking up an injury. Based on the play where he sustained the injury and how he looked on the sideline, it seems possible that Rubio sustained a concussion.

Giovani dos Santos, Christian Bermudez and Jesus Zavala have all been encouraging, but the same cannot be said for fellow reserves Efrain Velarde and Aldo de Nigris or new fullbacks Sergio Perez and Adrian Aldrete. Also, usual starter Israel Castro doesn't look great and could be in danger of losing his first team place.

Hopefully the first half is more entertaining than the first, but that wouldn't be incredibly difficult.

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