Marco Fabian scored a wonderful team goal to give Mexico a 2-1 win over New Zealand in a tune-up game ahead of November’s World Cup qualifiers.
New Zealand gave El Tri a tough ride during the first few minutes, but Juan Carlos Osorio’s side earned a penalty before the half-hour mark when Hirving “Chucky” Lozano went over in the box after a challenge from Winston Reid. Giovani dos Santos stepped up and converted to give El Tri the lead.
But New Zealand could not be discouraged, and they leveled seconds into the second half. Deklan Wynne played the ball out from the left-hand side, and Marco Rojas appeared unmarked to fire in the equalizer.
Mexico coped well with conceding early and they retook the lead ten minutes later. Mexico played three quick passes to send the ball in the direction of Oribe Peralta, who laid the ball off to Marco Fabian to score the eventual winner.
Mexico next travel to Chicago, Illinois to take on Panama on Tuesday. A month later, El Tri open play in the CONCACAF Hexagonal against rivals United States.