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Raul Jimenez seals Mexico win over Poland

Poland v Mexico: International Friendly Photo by Adam Nurkiewicz/Getty Images

Raul Jimenez secured Mexico a hard-fought victory over Poland in Gdansk. El Tri arrived looking for their first win outside of Mexico in four matches, but with a stream struggling through injuries, as Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera and Giovani dos Santos were all ruled out for this match.

Throughout the first half, Mexico were made sweat by a Poland side that was also missing a number of key players, including star striker Robert Lewandowski.

But it was El Tri who took the lead when Raul Jimenez smashed home a left-footed strike off a rebound to hand the visitors the go-ahead goal.

The second half had more of the same, with Mexico’s patient defending bearing fruit against a Polish side whose attacking intentions proved toothless.

After forcing Jose de Jesus Corona to a pair of saves, Poland began to tire, and although the game was far from attractive, Mexico eventually sealed the win.

This marks a successful European trip for El Tri, finishing unbeaten with a 3-3 draw and beating Poland in their second match.