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Mexico bid farewell to US fanbase with goalless draw against Wales

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Mexico and Wales had to settle for a share of the spoils as Mexico’s last game in the United States before the World Cup ended in a goalless stalemate in Pasadena, California.

It was a game marred by several key absences and in which coach Juan Carlos Osorio experimented with a number of fringe players.

El Tri made the brighter start with FC Porto’s Jesus Manuel “Tecatito” Corona lighting it up on the wing. Mexico’s first big chance arrived in the fifth minute when a left footed strike from Tecatito came only inches wide of hitting the target.

Another shot from the edge of the box followed, with Javier Aquino forcing Wayne Hennessey to a fine save.

At the other end, a shot from Andy King came close to surprising Jose de Jesus Corona.

But moments later, Wales were once again indebted to goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, this time keeping out an Hector Herrera shot.

After a pair of changes at the half, one of Mexico’s best chances of the game arrived in the 57th minute when a cross from Jesus Gallardo found Hector Herrera wide open inside the box, but the midfielder failed to get his shot off quick enough. This only moments after failing to convert on a 1 v 1 situation.

At the end, despite a late push from Juan Carlos Osorio’s men, El Tri were unable to break through and the final score ended in a scoreless draw.

Mexico’s next friendly ahead of the World Cup will be on Saturday June 2 against Scotland at the Estadio Azteca.