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Mexico left disappointed after Brazil comeback

October 12, 2011

The Mexican national soccer team squandered a golden opportunity to beat ten-man Brazil on Tuesday night, surrendering a one-goal lead and ultimately succumbing to a 2-1 defeat in the Corona Stadium in Torreon.

It may have been scheduled as a friendly but the game was anything but, with Brazilian right-back Dani Alves earning himself an early bath by clattering into Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in the penalty area late in the first half. Having already been booked, the Barcelona player duly received his marching orders.

By then Mexico already led 1-0 due to an own goal by Brazilian defender David Luiz in the tenth minute. Andres Guardado then missed the opportunity to double El Tri’s lead when his spot-kick was saved by goalkeeper Jefferson.

Despite being a man down, Brazil rallied in the second half. With just ten minutes remaining the visitors drew level in spectacular fashion, when the legendary Ronaldinho curled a beautiful free-kick into the top-right hand corner of the goal.

Four minutes later, Marcelo burst forward to seal the win for Brazil. The Real Madrid left-back beat several defenders before firing past goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, who was playing his 100th and final game for the Mexican national side.

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