10-man Mexico hold Eagles in Houston

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The match ended 2-2.

The national teams of Nigeria and Mexico for the umpteenth time settled for a draw as both teams battled to a 2-2 stalemate in the international friendly played in the early hours of Saturday at the Reliant Stadium in the United States.

Despite playing one man down from the first half, the CONCACAF champions showed no sign of numerical disadvantage as they continually ripped apart Nigeria’s defence in search for goals.

After forcing some saves from goalkeeper Austin Ejide and also hitting the cross bar, Mexico finally shot ahead through Javier Hernadez better known as Chicarito in the 22nd minute.

The Manchester United striker collected a low pass from his teammate from the left flank to bury the ball past Ejide to take the lead.

But Eagles responded within some minutes when defender Bauerrea handed the ball in the box and was sent off. Brown Ideye took to the challenge, and buried from the spot to level scores to 1:1. It wasn’t long when Efe Ambrose beat his marker, made a pass to John Ogu who took a shot that was deflected into the net by a Mexican defender to give the Super Eagles the upper hand before the end of the first half.

On resumption of the second half, goalkeeper Vincent Enyema was introduced into the game by Coach Stephen Keshi and while the thinking was that the Eagles will make their numbers count, it was Mexico who looked more dangerous even though the Eagles aslo had some decent chances.

In the 79th minute Mexico got a deserved equaliser when Chicharito beat his marker to the ball to level up.

Saturday’s 2-2 draw was also the same score line recorded when the Eagles last played against Mexico.

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