Brazil Vs. Mexico: Halftime Score, El Tri Up 2-0 Through Giovani Dos Santos, Chicharito

Update: Mexico 2-0 Brazil, final score

Brazil aren't playing poorly against Mexico in their friendly at Cowboys Stadium, but thanks to some questionable officiating and one spectacular moment of quality from El Tri, they're trailing 2-0 at halftime. Giovani dos Santos had a hand in both Mexico goals, scoring the first and drawing a penalty for the other.

Hulk and Leandro Damiao have done enough to create a couple of goals for Brazil, but neither stood. Damiao had a good goal disallowed for offside in the 10th minute when he was very clearly on, while Hulk was denied a clear penalty shout in the 20th minute. He blew by 'Maza' Francisco Rodriguez in the 20th minute and was tripped, but the referee didn't see a foul. This proved to be decisive two minutes later.

Related: Video of Giovani dos Santos' chipped goal

Dos Santos, rarely used by his club team Tottenham Hotspur but a regular starter for Mexico, broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute with an absolutely brilliant goal. From a ridiculous narrow angle just inside the penalty box, he hit a great chip over goalkeeper Rafael and into the back of the net at the far post, producing a goal reminiscent of the one that put the United States away in last summer's Gold Cup final.

Mexico doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when dos Santos drew a penalty. While he was running away from the goal, Juan inexplicably hauled him down and the referee pointed to the spot. 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez, back in the starting XI after sitting out for two games, stepped up and converted the spot kick.

Brazil have had most of the ball and most of the chances, but things aren't going their way. Mexico are catching all of the breaks from the officials, and their one moment of true quality was better than anything Brazil have created.

We'll have updates and live coverage in our Brazil vs. Mexico StoryStream. For more on Mexican football, head over to FMF State Of Mind.

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