Brazil put together a decent showing against Mexico on Sunday evening, but thanks to some bad luck and some absolutely terrible officiating by Silviu Petrescu, the scoreboard doesn't indicate that. In front of a massive crowd of more than 84,000 people, Mexico ran out 2-0 winners over Brazil, and one of their goals was truly spectacular.
Giovani dos Santos scored the opening goal and the eventual winner in the 22nd minute, chipping Brazil goalkeeper Rafael from a narrow angle and sneaking his shot into the net at the far post. Just 11 minutes later, he drew a penalty, which was converted by Javier Hernandez.
Brazil were repeatedly denied clear goals or penalties by Petrescu and his assistants. Leandro Damiao had a good goal disallowed for offside in the 10th minute and Hulk had a very clear penalty shout denied in the 20th minute. The officiating crew's second half errors were just as egregious. In the 53rd minute, Jose Corona hacked down Oscar in the box, but inexplicably no penalty was given.
Even with the decisions that went against them, Brazil had plenty of chances to score, but couldn't make the most of them. Pato came on as a substitute in the 61st minute and it didn't take him long to miss an absolute sitter. They hit the target on five occasions as well, but Corona had a very good game in goal for Mexico and made a couple of excellent saves late in the game.
Hulk had a good game for Brazil, but his three forward mates were all a bit disappointing. Brazil controlled play for most of the game, but struggled to create clear chances. The Mexico back line put in a very good performance, and they look ready for World Cup qualifying.