Argentina came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw against Mexico at Arlington, Texas on Tuesday night in Ricardo Ferretti’s second game in charge of El Tri.
New Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored the first goal of the match in the 19th minute from the penalty spot before Hector Herrera doubled the lead in the second half.
But goals from Sergio “Kun” Aguero and Lionel Messi earned the South Americans a hard-earned draw.
With one eye on their October 10 matchup against the United States Men’s National Team, Mexico faced a star-studded Argentina team that included the likes of Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, and Carlos Tevez from the start.
Mexico coach Ricardo Ferretti made 9 changes from the team that drew 3-3 with Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.
Argentina, who beat Bolivia 7-0 in a friendly prior to Tuesday’s game, dominated the early exchanges of the game, but Mexico took the lead on 19 minutes.
Raul Jimenez surged into the area following a great pass from Andres Guardado before being tripped inside the box by Nicolas Otamendi. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez stepped up to take the penalty and beat Tigres goalkeeper Nahuel Guman to put Mexico in front.
In the 36th minute, Argentina had a good chance to equalize when Lionel Messi set up Marcos Rojo in the box, but his right-footed shot went only inches wide of Moises Muñoz’s post.
Mexico looked dangerous on the counter-attack and almost doubled their advantage at the stroke of halftime when Chicharito sent his shot from outside the area just above the crossbar.
In the second half, Moises Muñoz starred, making a number of key saves from several Argentine efforts.
With 20 minutes to go in the game, El Tri made it 2-0 through Hector Herrera. The FC Porto midfielder got the final touch on a Miguel Layun’s cross and rifled his shot towards the back of the net to make it 2-0.
As Mexico tired out, Sergio “Kun” Aguero got one back for La Albiceleste to give Gerardo Martino’s side hope.
Four minutes later, Lionel Messi grabbed the equalizer. The Barcelona player received the ball inside the box from Kun Aguero and scored to finish things off at 2-2.
With the result, Ricardo Ferretti clinched his second consecutive draw as manager of the Mexico national team. Mexico next face the United States in a crucial playoff game to determine CONCACAF’s participant in the 2015 Confederations Cup.