Miguel Layun scored twice in the second half as he orchestrated Mexico’s 3-0 win over Iceland at Levi’s Stadium on Friday.
Hit with injuries to key players like Hector Herrera and Jonathan dos Santos, El Tri arrived to this matching looking to gather momentum ahead of Russia 2018.
For an early spell in the game, Mexico looked to be the better team, but to Iceland’s credit, they had their moments in the first half. They had three decent chances, first two opportunities came from a corner, ending with Sverrir Ingi Ingason forcing Jose de Jesus Corona to a good save. Then two minutes later, Johann Berg Gudmundsson found himself in space, but Corona came to Mexico’s rescue a second time.
In the 37th minute, Marco Fabian fired Mexico into the lead. It was a stunning free kick goal from Fabian and ruthless stuff from a Mexico side that looked shaky in the first 30 minutes.
Shortly after the interval, it was all Mexico as it became more apparent El Tri’s halftime adjustments made a difference, including Hirving “Chucky” Lozano introduction at the break.
In the 65th minute, following an error in the midfield by Iceland, Lozano’s fine ball sent Miguel Layun through to slide in Mexico’s second goal of the evening.
Moments later, Mexico were grateful to Corona once again, producing another impressive save before Sverrir Ingi Ingason sent a header just inches above the crossbar.
With full-time approaching, Layun put the game to bed when what appeared to be a cross somehow found its way past the goalkeeper to put the final score at 3-0.
The win was the first of two warmup matches Mexico are set to play in the month of March. El Tri next take the field on Tuesday to take on Croatia at at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.