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The Mexico national team earned their first win of 2015 as they defeated Ecuador 1-0 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez opened the scoring after only 14 minues as Jose de Jesus Corona’s second-half penalty save helped Miguel Herrera’s men begin their busy international calendar year with a win.
El Tri’s next game will be in Kansas City on Tuesday against the Paraguay national team.
Jose de Jesus Corona, who was chosen as the starting goalkeeper over Malaga’s Guillermo Ochoa, was put to the test early on. Miller Bolaños latched on to a through ball and forced an excellent save from the Cruz Azul goalkeeper.
Indeed, it was a slow start for the men in green, but early game jitters were put to rest ten minutes later when Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored the breakthrough.
The Real Madrid-man snatched the ball from Frickson Erazo before unleashing a right-footed shot into the corner of the net.
The goal placed Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez as second in Mexico’s all-time scorers list, seven behind Jared Borgetti.
Four minutes later, Chicharito almost got a second after forcing a save from the Ecuador goalkeeper with a clever chip.
In the 37th minute, Ecuador came close to getting on leveled terms when Jefferson Montero had a shot blocked from Corona.
But Ecuador’s best chance to equalize was in the 73rd minute. Diego Reyes thumped Angel Mena down inside the box for a penalty.
Miller Bolaños stepped up and failed to convert as his jarring penalty shot was saved by Corona.
Mexico then narrowly missed the opportunity to conciliate Ecuador’s spirited performance after Raul Jimenez’s saved shot hit the post, following a wrongly cleared Andres Guardado pass.
At the final whistle, it was a close victory for El Tri. Mexico must now take on Ecuador again in June as part of the 2015 Copa America.