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Mexico beat Iceland with Alan Pulido winner

Soccer: Iceland vs Mexico Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Mexico national team opened 2017 with a win as they beat Iceland 1-0 on an Alan Pulido header.

Alan Pulido’s ninth national team goal earned El Tri a deserved victory in an otherwise tame match at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.

Hirving Lozano missed fine chances for Mexico, but Iceland proved to be an insipid opponent for Juan Carlos Osorio’s men, who could have won the match by more than one goal.

The friendly came outside of a FIFA international date, which meant both teams fielded reserved sides.

Luis Reyes and Edson Alvarez were introduced in the second half, both making their senior national team debuts for Mexico.

El Tri’s next match will be on March 24 as they host Costa Rica a part of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Ticos currently lead the Hexagonal with 6 points, followed by Mexico in second with four points.