Mexico vs Australia summary: score, goals, highlights | International friendly
Mexico vs Australia: As it happened
Mexico secured a 2-2 draw against Australia thanks to a thrilling second half comeback at AT&T Stadium.
Australia took the lead in the early stages when Harry Souttar angled a glancing header past Guillermo Ochoa. The Socceroos took a one-goal lead into the break and doubled their advantage when Martin Boyle converted a second half penalty on the hour-mark.
However things changed in the final 30 minutes, sparked by the introduction of Raul Jimenez and Cesar Huerta from the substitute's bench.
Jimenez scored Mexico's first from the penalty spot, before Huerta capped an impressive debut with a fiercely-struck volley in the closing minutes.
Both sides will feel that they could have got the win but neither can be too disappointed with a draw. For new permanent Mexico head coach Jaime Lozano it was an intriguing start to his side's journey to the 2026 World Cup on home soil.
Cesar Huerta announces himself with impressive late showing
The 22-year-old has been tipped for great things by Pumas teammates and he showed a little of what he can do in a 30-minute appearance at AT&T Stadium. He scored his first international goal, a finely-taken volley, and was a nuisance throughout with his pace and direct running.
Peeep peeeep peeeeep
And that's full time in Texas! Australia took a two-goal lead but Mexico fought back to earn a well-deserved draw.
Mexico some forward with one final attack, a long punt forward from Alvarez, but the ball evades Jimenez and dribbles through to Matt Ryan in the Australia goal.
We're into the final minute of the indicated time and Australia are looking to run down the clock now.
The crowd are really pushing for a Mexican winner now.
Huerta gets on the ball again and surges goalwards, looking to charge into the box. He shifts the ball onto his right but his drilled effort is blocked.
Mexico are really pushing for a winner now, with every outfield player positioned within 40 yards of the Australia goal.
There will be five minutes of stoppage time at AT&T Stadium.
more good running from Huerta draws a corner kick for Mexico...
Johan Vasquez connects with a header but can't get it on target.
Australia's Irvine is replaced by Degenek for the last couple of minutes.
WIth that injury there's a chance to reflect on that has gone on in the last 20 minutes.
Mexico looked stodgy and unimaginative for the first hour but the introduction of Jimenez and Huerta have changed the game for Jaime Lozano's side.
They have given Mexico new impetus up front and have scored a goal apiece to level the game.
The Australian midfielder is down after twisting his ankle in a challenge.
GOOOOOAAAAL! Cesar Huerta
What a story! The youngster making his international debut steal in behind the Australia defence and thumps a volley past Matt Ryan.
We're into the final ten minutes of normal time and any result is still possible.
Australia are standing strong, but you get the sense that Mexico could go on to win if they get another back in the next few minutes.
We're in for a fascinating finale now!
More good work from Antuna who skips away down the right right and fires a low cross along the six-yard box. It looks destined for the Australia net until Souttar slides in to boot the ball clear of danger.
Another change for Mexico, Cortizo comes on in place of Herrera.
Young winger Cesar Huerta is making his first appearance for El Tri but his teammates are already searching him out. His direct running looks dangerous and he's shown a willingness to shoot on site.
A change for Australia now as Boyle is replaced by Silvera.
This really does feel like a home fixture for Mexico now, despite the game actually being played in the United States. There's a huge Mexican population in Texas and they're urging their team forward.
There's a real atmosphere inside AT&T Stadium now!
Mexico have looked like a new team since the introduction of Jimenez and Huerta ten minutes ago. Can they complete the comeback in the remaining 20?
GOOOOAAAAL! Raul Jimenez
The veteran makes no mistake from the spot! Mexico are back in the game.
Antuna goes down under contact in the box. There wasn't much there, but probably enough for a spot kick. Jimenez to take!
Chance! Jesus Gallardo
Glorious chance for the left back!
Mexico look to play Jimenez through in the box but it's deflected wide. Gallardo charges onto the ball but slashes the loose ball wildly over the crossbar from 10 yard.
Finally, a bit of incision from Mexico!
A low cross from the right nearly find Jimenez making a darting run at the near post.
The ball is cleared but swiftly worked back to Huerta on the left. He squares up the defender and cuts inside to let fly. His right-footed effort is saved down low by Ryan.
GOOOAAAAL! Martin Boyle
The Australian midfielder makes no mistake from the spot, smashing the ball straight down the middle.
The visitors have a two-goal lead.
The visitors have a spot kick! Clumsy defending from El Tri to give away the penalty.
Boyle will take for Australia...
Mexico make two substitutions on the hour mark; Raul Jimenez and Huerta come on to replace Gimenez and Vega.
There haven't been too many impressive performances for Mexico so far, but Edson Alvarez has looked good in his less familiar role in the heart of defence. He's looked calm on the ball and hasn't let Australia catch them on the break.
If nothing else, that penalty chance has got the Mexican fans off their seats once again.
The game looked in danger of drifting until the spot kick. El Tri still have plenty of time to turn this around...
Really unlucky for Santiago Gimenez, who scored a crucial penalty for El Tri in the Gold Cup final. He goes to the keeper's left but his strike hits the inside of the post and bounces back out.
Still 1-0 to Australia.
Gimenez strikes the upright and Australia clear!
PENALTY to Mexico!
Handball in the box, referee points to the spot.
It's Santiago Gimenez to take...
Alexis Vega is playing much closer to Gimenez in the second half. Will that help the struggling striker get into the play?
The midfielder goes down on the halfway line after a very light touch from the Mexican defender. He receives treatment on the pitch but will be fine to continue.
Mexico work the ball into the box but neither Gimenez nor Vega can bring it under control. The Australian backline does its job and clears once again.
The game has settled back into the same pattern, with Mexico controlling the ball but Australia keeping them at arms' length. Do El Tri have the quality to break them down?
The midfielder goes into the book for a cynical foul in the middle of the pitch.
And we're back!
Australia get the second half underway at AT&T Stadium.
No changes for either team at the break, but Mexico will be hoping for a change of fortune.
Judging by the intensity of some of the half time warm-ups on the pitch, we may see some changes very soon...
Mexico need to find second half improvement
Jaime Lozano will not have been happy with the opening 45 minutes from his side. Mexico's inability to create chances will have been a real concern and Santiago Gimenez has looked isolated throughout.
The 22-year-old scored 23 goals for PSV last season and has begun 2023/24 with five goals in five matches. However he has really struggled tonight, failing to hold the ball up and bring his teammates into play.
The first half statistics show that Mexico had a whopping 70% of the possession in the opening 45 minutes, but they really struggled to do anything with it.
At points they did manage to get into decent offensive positions but those occasions were almost entirely the product of good work by Uriel Antuna on the right flank.
El Tri have struggled to build the play so far.
Socceroos take a narrow lead into the break
It's not been the most scintillating half of football, but Australia have the lead at half time. Graham Arnold's side have had precious little of the ball but have looked resolute in defence.
The emphasis must now be on Mexico to improve their attacking play in the second half. Jaime Lozano may soon be considering some substitutions.
And that's the half!
Half time at AT&T Stadium, where Australia lead Mexico thanks to a goal from Harry Souttar.
It's a booking for the Australia striker.
Tempers flaring near the corner flag! Edson Alvarez and Duke go head-to-head...
Australia surge forward down the left thanks to a strong run from McGree. The red-haired winger looks to build something for his side but El Tri get number back to stifle the attack.
Hector Herrera battles well for Mexico in the middle of the pitch and wins his team a free kick.
Despite his side's struggles so far, Uriel Antuna has really impressed for Mexico. The Cruz Azul winger has looked dangerous every time he's received the ball on the right flank and looks like El Tri's best chance of prising open this resolute Australia defence.
The ball is whipped in by Orbelin but Australia clear easily.
Mexico work the ball out to Herrera but his cross ends up in the hands of Ryan.
The half time break is fast approaching and Australia will be absolutely delighted with how the opening stages have gone.
Not only have they frustrated the Mexicans and quietened the Texas crowd, they have taken the lead through a well-taken header from Souttar.
Can Mexco find a leveller before the break? They have a corner from the right...
Mexico are back on the attack and win a corner. Vargas to take...
The ball bounces around the box and Hector Herrera tries an outrageous overhead kick, but fails to make connection with the ball. Australia win the free kick.
Juan Araujo, with a pink-dyed haircut, looks to play in Santiago Gimenez down the line but a loose touch sees the ball go out for an Australia throw-in. Bit of frustration from the PSV forward there.
Neat play from the visitors as Metcalfe picks up the ball on the right and plays a sharp one-two on the edge of the box. He runs onto the return pass and shoots at goal but his left-footed shot flies well over the bar.
Mexico look to build down the right, again, but get it wrong this time and the ball trickles out of play.
El Tri are slightly forcing it down the side now and Australia are wise to the plan. On the left, Alexis Vega hasn't seen much of the ball since the opening moments.
Another word on the Mexico jersey for tonight's game...
As well as being the regular away kit for the women's team, the men wore it for the 2023 Gold Cup final against Panama. This is their first game since that victory and they appear to be paying tribute to the achievement in ront of (nearly) home fans.
Mexico are having a little joy down the wings but are really struggling to make progress through the midfield. Australia's two banks' of four are proving difficult to bypass and that goal has only strengthened their resolve.
Mexico are looking to calm things down now and regain control of the game. Antuna shows good pace to engineer room for a cross on the right but his delivery is headed out for a corner.
Orbellin to take.... but it's well overhit and Australia clear.
It was a goal from nothing for the Socceroos. They won their first corner of the game and it seemed to be a fairly innocuous delivery, curling away from goal, until the tall frame of Harry Souttar elbowed his way in front of Mexican defenders.
The Leicester City defender angled his header perfectly and it flew past Ochoa and into the far corner.
GOOOOAAAAL! Harry Soutar
Where did that come from?
Australia win their first corner of the game and Harry Soutar is there to nod the ball past Ochoa.
The referee isn't happy with something said by Luis Roma during a little push-and-shove with an Australian player. The Mexico midfielder gets away with just a talking to.
Santiago Gimenez hasn't had much of the ball in the opening minutes and Harry Soutar has done well to prevent the PSG forward from linking the play for El Tri.
There's an interesting battle heating up there...
Mary Ryan in the Australian goal takes his time over a goal kick and receives a barrage of whistles from the raucous Mexican support.
Considering that this is a friendly, there's a real atmosphere in Texas!
Australia look incredibly well-drilled, lining up in two banks of four with a hard-working attacking duo leading the line.
The ball's zipping around in the early stages but Mexico have not yet fashioned a real chance. It looks like players may partially be adapting to the artificial surface at AT&T Stadium.
It's a fast-paced start to the game. Mexico are having the best of the early stages but Australia are holding strong at the back.
Antuna and Vega look dangerous for Mexico on the wings, but are yet to create any clear-cut chances for Gimenez in the middle.
It's been a promising start from Mexico, who have dominated the ball in the opening stages. Alexis Vega has shown some neat touches on the left flank and they look eager to impress.
Nearly a chance for El Tri in the opening minute. A good run down the right by Antuna results in a dangerous cross into the box, but Soutar is there to clear.
And we're underway!
Mexico get us started at AT&T Stadium, what a noise!
Both teams are lined up on the pitch now, we're nearly ready for kick-off in Texas...
Mexico reborn under Jaime Lozano
In his few months as interim coach, Jaime Lozano managed to completely transform the attitude around the national team and propel El Tri to a Gold Cup triumph over the summer. Now, since being given the job on a permanent basis, the hard work really starts for Lozano.
Mexico will be wearing women's kit tonight
In a show of solidarity with their female counterparts, Mexico will wear the same kit worn by the women's team in the 2023 Women's World Cup. And what a kit it is!
And the players are out in Texas. What a roar from the huge number of Mexico supporters in attendance!
Not long to go until kick-off now...
ICYMI: Mexico vs Australia starting XIs
It may only be a friendly but both teams will be eager to get a good performance under their belts in tonight's clash at AT&T Stadium. Here's how the two teams line up...
Mexico starting XI: Guillermo Ochoa, Julián Araujo, Edson Álvarez, Johan Vásquez, Jesús Gallardo, Orbelín Pineda, Luis Romo, Héctor Herrera, Alexis Vega, Uriel Antuna, Santiago Giménez
Australia starting XI: Maty Ryan, Nathaniel Atkinson, Harry Soutar, Cameron Burgess, Kye Rowles, Keanu Baccus, Jackson Irvine, Connor Metcalfe, Martin Boyle, Mitch Duke, Riley McGree
Australia head coach looking forward to Mexico challenge
"It’s an amazing experience just to play in this stadium but it will be different, obviously, with artificial grass but the boys, some of them play on that in clubland in Europe so remove that as an excuse."
"It’s the same for the opposition, it’s obviously something different but one that I expect we will do well with."
We'll have full live coverage of Mexico vs Australia right here on AS USA, but you can also watch or stream online.
Here's everything you need to know to watch Mexico vs Australia...
El Tri are out in Texas
One of the biggest decisions made by Jaime Lozano for tonight's game is to recall Hector Herrera to the international set up. The 33-year-old won the Gold Cup with Mexico in 2015 but was not invovled in the team this summer.
Tonight's game between Mexico and Australia is a friendly, as was the United States' victory over Uzbekistan earlier today. So why aren't El Tri and USMNT playing competitive fixtures like many other national sides?
We take a look...
And here's the Mexico starting XI...
Not too many surprises from Jaime Lozano in his first game as head coach. Guillermo Ochoa starts in goal and captains the side; Santiago Gimenez leads the line up front.
Here's how Australia line up against Mexico...
Australia name a heavily-rotated team to face Mexico in Texas this evening. The Socceroos have Premier League experience at the back with Maty Ryan and Harry Soutar, but the likes of Sam Silvera start on the bench.
Who is in the Mexico squad for international friendlies?
Here's Jaime Lozano's first squad as permanent head coach of the Mexican national team.
There's plenty of opportunities for players impressing in Liga MX, but a large number of the squad are playing in top European leagues. The likes of Edson Alvarez (West Ham), Santiago Gimenez (Feyenoord), Raul Jimenez (Fulham) and Guillermo Ochoa (Salernitana) have all proved themselves in Europe.
In the next few minutes we should get full team news from AT&T Stadium as Mexico prepare to take on Australia. For tonight's game Jaime Lozano is expected to name an experienced team but he will look to introduce some fresh faces.
On player who could feature is Pumas star Cesar Huerta, who has been added to the squad.
Guillermo Ochoa is ready for Aus
After more than 18 years with the national team, Gullermo Ochoa is still thriving on the buzz of international competition. Mexico's goalkeeping stalwart has made 143 appearances for El Tri and currently captains the side.
There had been some question marks over his future, with Lozano expected to bring some new blood into the squad, but Ochoa is expected to retain his place tonight.
The first of Mexico's two friendly matches this international break comes at AT&T Stadium in Texas, where they will take on Australia. It's an intriguing start to life under new permanent head coach Jaime Lozano, who has named a strong squad for the occasion.
We take a look at how El Tri compare to Australia...
First game for new permanent head coach Jaime Lozano
It's only been a matter of months, but it's easy to forget the poor condition of the Mexican national team when Jaime Lozano took charge on an interim basis. After the departure of Diego Cocca El Tri looked to be in a mess, but Lozano has managed to pull the squad together over the summer and led them to a Gold Cup triumph.
With co-hosts Mexico looking ahead to the 2026 World Cup, their journey starts here...
Hello and welcome to AS USA, where we'll be bringing you all the latest news and information as Mexico take on Australia in an international friendly.
I'm Will Gittins and I'll be taking you through all he action from the AT&T Stadium in Texas.