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Mexico vs. Chile, 2016 Friendly: Man of the Match

Mexico had one last warm-up bout against fellow Copa America competitors Chile.

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Mexico ended its 2016 Copa America preparation by defeating Chile 1-0 on Wednesday night at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

In spite of a sloppy start that saw Chile fail to capitalize on clear early chances, Mexico's experimental lineup managed to hold Juan Antonio Pizzi's men scoreless in the first half. Mexico played with more confidence in the second half after Juan Carlos Osorio made several substitutions, returning some players to their regular positions. These changes ultimately paid off in the 86th minute when birthday boy Javier "Chicharito" Hernández headed a cross from captain Miguel Layún into the back of the net.

Man of the Match:
Javier "Chicharito" Hernández

This honor also could have gone to Andrés Guardado, but Hernández's impact was the most decisive in the game. Guardado's presence made all the difference in build-up and fending off Chile's high-pressure scheme. Hernández had a marauding presence up front in contrast to that of Peralta and Jiménez in the first half. His score also puts him just two goals away from tying Jared Borgetti as all-time leading scorer of the national team.

Here are the ratings for the entire Wednesday night squad:

Alfredo Talavera: 7.5

Yasser Corona: 6

Néstor Araújo: 6

Jorge Torres Nilo: 7

Paul Aguilar: 6.5

Héctor Herrera: 6.5

Diego Reyes: 7

Miguel Layún: 7

Raúl Jiménez: 6

Oribe Peralta: 6.5

Jesus "Tecatito" Corona: 7.5


Jesus Molina: 7

Andrés Guardado: 8

Javier Aquino: 7.5

Hirving Lozano: 7

Jesús Dueñas: 6.5

Javier Hernández: 8