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Mexico knocks off Brazil in 12-round shootout
November 2nd, 2013 5:39AM
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[UNDER-17 WORLD CUP]Mexico, winner of the 2011 Under-17 World Cup, has come back from a 6-1 loss in its opening game to reach the semifinals of the 2013 tournament in the United Arab Emirates with a 12-round shootout win over Brazil, which went into the game at Dubai’s Rashid Stadium with a perfect record. Honduras could not hold on to a halftime lead and fell to Sweden, 2-1.

The Mexico-Brazil game was fourth meeting between the two nations in the Under-17 World Cup and the goals didn't come until the last 10 minutes when Ivan Ochoa scored for Mexico and Nathan, Brazil’s playmaker, equalized five minutes later.

Mexico goalkeeper Raul Gudino was the hero in the shootout, stopping Gabriel's shot after captain Ulises Rivas had his saved by Marcos.

On his second penalty, Mosquito’s shot was saved by Gudino and Alejandro Diaz scored for the 11-10 Mexico win.

Honduras, which knocked the USA out of the tournament in qualifying, led on Brayan Velasquez's well-taken goal, but the Catrachos' lead evaporated after the break on goals by Erdal Rakip and Valmir Berisha.

Saturday's quarterfinals: Argentina vs. Ivory Coast and Uruguay vs. Nigeria.


2 comments
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: November 2, 2013 at 9:04 p.m.
    Would love to hear from some of our Mexican fans what's really going on here. Raúl Gutiérrez is the successful U-17 coach who has been there since 2010 and seems to be doing well with this team. Will he be sent up to the U23 for the next Olympics? The old coach who lead the U23 to gold in the last Olympics, Luis Fernando Tena, lasted exactly 1 match with El Tri before getting pulled last month--was he supposed to have a magic wand? The current El Tri coach, Miguel Ernesto Herrera Aguirre, had never won anything until the Liga MX title this year (2013) but he's leading their national team for a crucial home-and-away against NZ. What it sounds like to me is that there are good players that know how to win, decent coaches in the youth setup, but politics is choking soccer in Mexico at the top. This is like a bad soap opera, sorry, telenovela.
  1. Che Guevara
    commented on: November 6, 2013 at 2:12 p.m.
    R2, just waht you assume. Politics at the senior level plague it's performance. There is no excuse for Mexico top not always be the undisputed king in Concacaf and in top 10 in the world every year given it's overwhelmingly great results at all youth levels, U17, U20 & U23's

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