Kieffer Moore strike guides Wales past Mexico
Mexico lost 1-0 against Wales at Cardiff City stadium in their first exhibition match of the year ahead of the Copa América warm-up friendly against Costa Rica.
The Mexican national football team returned to action for the first time this year to face Wales in Cardiff City stadium. Prior to this match, ‘El Tri’ informed that Henry Martín was not going to play due to minor injuries suffered during practice on Friday and Alan Pulido was not 100 percent ready to start the game so he didn't play against Wales.
This complicated things for Mexico’s coach Gerardo Martino, because both of the strikers in the roster were not fit to play. So he had to improvise and use Hirving Lozano as a false 9 and the Napoli player had a hard time retaining the ball, because he is not used to playing in that position.
Clinical finish from Moore
The home team was the first one to score thanks to an absolute clinical finish from Kieffer Moore inside the six to beat Guillermo Ochoa in the 10th minute of the match. ‘El Tri’ tried to generate offensive plays, but all their attempts were not effective against the midfielders and defenders from the home team.
Efraín Álvarez didn’t make his debut
The Mexican national team failed to equalize the game and they suffered their first loss against Wales in five match ups. Now ‘El Tri’ has to travel to Austria to face Costa Rica in their second and last friendly game of the FIFA International break of March.
Unfortunately, Efraín Álvarez didn’t make his international debut with the Mexican national team. The Los Angeles Galaxy player hopes he can see some minutes against Costa Rica on 30 March at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt.