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Mexico 2-3 Colombia: FIFA international friendly game, scores and stats

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  Guillermo Ochoa of Mexico receives goal 1-2 of Mexico during the game Mexican National Team (Mexico) vs Colombia, the friendly match in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 at Levis Stadium, on September 27, 2022.

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 Guillermo Ochoa de Mexico recibe gol 2-3 durante el partido Seleccion Mexicana (Mexico) vs Colombia, amistoso de preparacion rumbo a la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Qatar 2022, en el Estadio Levis, el 27 de septiembre de 2022.

Mexico 2-3 Colombia: as it happened

Mexico vs Colombia: Match Report

It was supposed to be a celebration for the Mexico national team in their last game of the international window prior to the start of the FIFA World Cup and with Andrés Guardado celebration his 177th international appearance. El Tri started strong with the high press and it paid off early in the game with Alexis Vega scoring from the penalty spot in the 6th minute.

Mexico kept pushing and in the 29th minute Gerardo Arteaga gave them the 2-0 lead. It was a great play from El Tri because Erick Gutierrez threaded the needle to find the left back inside the box and Arteaga was able to beat goalkeeper David Ospina. Mexico will return to their locker room with a comfortable lead, but Colombia was going to have the last laugh.

Starting the second 45 minutes, Colombia's head coach Néstor Lorenzo decided to make three changes: Santos Borré, Jorge Carrascal and Jorge Sinisterra entered for James Rodríguez, Radamel Falcao and Steven Alzate. The young generation from 'Los Cafeteros' made an immediate impact and started to press high forcing the error from the Mexican players.

In the 49th minute Luis Sinisterra's powerful header following a corner kick started Colombia's comeback. Three minutes later, once again, Luis Sinisterra found the back of the net following a great cross from Rafael Santos Borré to tie game early in the second half. Colombia kept pushing and in the 68th minute Wilmar Barrios scored a stunner from range to give them the 3-2 win.

Mexico was undefeated in their last seven games prior to the start of a World Cup and this is their first defeat since 1994. This was the last international window of the year and El Tri's manager, Gerardo Martino, will have until 14 November to announce the final roster to travel to Qatar in November and he has a lot of work to do.

The game has ended with an incredible comeback from Colombia after three minutes added of stoppage time. Final score Colombia 3-2 Mexico and this is a tough defeat for El Tri prior to the start of the FIFA World Cup.

One more substitution for Colombia: Jhon Durán enters for Luis Díaz.

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Alexis Vega with a powerful shot from range after Colombia cleared the ball following a corner kick, but his shot barely went wide.

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Mexico is knocking the ball from side-to-side looking for an opening, but they're lacking precision in the last third. 

Colombia makes one final change: Jefferson Lerma enters for Wilmer Barrios.

84

Hector Moreno attempts a back heel shot following a corner kick from Alexis Vega, but it lacked power and it was easily controlled by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

83

The game resumes and Mexico is struggling to maintain the possession of the ball due to the high press from Colombia.

82

The referee has stopped the game because of the homophobic chant from the Mexican fans. The game should resume in about one minute.

79

Luis Chavez dribbles past a defender, cuts to his left side and attempts to curve the ball past goalkeeper David Ospina, but it went wide. Mexico has not had a shot on target so far this second half.

Mexico will make two more changes. Diego Lainez and Orbelín Pineda enter for Erick Gutierrez and Uriel Antuna.

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Mexico with the corner kick. Luis Chavez puts the ball inside the box, but it was cleared by Colombia. 

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Luis Díaz being a constant threat and his shot from range was controlled by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa. Colombia wants to secure the win with another goal and Mexico is having a hard time to control the rhythm of the game.

Colombia will make two more change: Jhon Lucumí replaces Stefan Medina.

Wilmer Barrios is booked.

70

The new generation is giving Colombia a new hope ahead of the next World Cup qualifiers. This time Santos Borré, who replaced Radamel Falcao, crossed to the right side of the box and found Wilmer Barrios, who one-timed shot the ball with the outside of his foot to beat goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

GOL! GOAL! GOLAZO! What a right footed strike from the distance from Wilmer Barrios to give Colombia the 3-2 lead.

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Finally the Colombians win the ball and break to the left constantly looking for Luis Díaz. The ball is being changed freely now from wing to wing and they keep maintaining long possessions as they look for an opening.

The Mexico national team will make four changes: Cesar Montes, Santi Giménez, Luis Gerardo Chavez and Erick Sánchez enter for Henry Martín, Andrés Guardado, Kevin Álvarez and Carlos Rodríguez.

Colombia is knocking comfortably the ball around and the changes that Nestor Lorenzo made the team more dynamic.

Jorge Carrascal is booked.

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Mexico's head coach Gerardo Martino is not happy with the performance of his team in the first few minutes of the second half. Colombia changed the formation and the players who were brought in are making an immediate impact that has helped them tie the game in just a few minutes. 

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Colombia's high press continues and they almost score the third one of the night. This time Rafael Santos Borré's shot from just outside the box was blocked by goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa following a great cross from Liverpool's ace Luis Díaz.

GOL! GOAL! GOLAZO! Once again Luis Sinisterra finds the back of the next following a great solo play from Jorge Carrascal down the right flank.

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Another corner kick for Colombia and they are looking for the equalizer. This time Mexico is able to clear the ball, but Colombia maintains the possesion.

GOL! GOAL! GOLAZO! The high press from Colombia pays off early in the second half. Luis Sinisterra's powerful header following a corner kick was enough to beat goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and make it 2-1.

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The Colombians attempt to play around the back. As always moving the ball side-to-side and pressuring high looking for Mexico to make a mistake.

The Colombians will make three changes: Santos Borré, Jorge Carrascal and Siniestra  enter for Radamel Falcao, Steven Alzate and James Rodríguez.

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Off we go once again and this time it's Mexico who get us underway.

Mexico 2-0 Colombia

The last time that Mexico played this well was back in November of 2020 under manager Gerardo Martino. 

45 + 3

And that's it for the first half. What a solid performance from the Mexico national team with the constant high press paid off early in the game and they have been the most dominant team on the field.

45 + 1

Andrés Guardado tackles Guillermo Cuadrado just barely outside the box and the referee calls a free kick in favor of Colombia.

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There will be three minutes added of stoppage time.

Luis Díaz was caught offside as he was entering the box and looking to strike a shot that could've gone past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

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Mexico once again with the high press, this time Henry Martín takes the ball away from Sánchez inside the box. The Club América striker sees Alexis Vega near the penalty spot and the Chivas ace didn't have a good control and goalkeeper David Ospina takes the ball away from him before he could make a shot.

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Mexico answers back! Nestor Araujo headers the ball towards goal following a corner kick from Andrés Guardado, but it lacked power and goalkeeper David Ospina was able to easily control the ball inside his box.

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Davidson Sánchez missed a clear opportunity following a free kick. James Rodríguez puts a great ball inside the box and the Colombian defender was able to header the ball and his attempt barely went wide.

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It's now Colombia who are employing the high press, forcing the Mexican side to play with their own goal keeper as they play the ball around the back of defense. Unfortunately, the South America side can't concrete the play in the last third of the field.

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Colombia have settled back into ball retention as they play the ball around their defense, trying to lure the Mexican side in.

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What a great play from El Tri because Gutierrez threaded the needle to find the left back, following a beautiful screen from Alexis Vega, and Gerardo Arteaga finished like a striker. What a great run from the left back to be inside the box and make a great finish.

GOL! GOAL! GOLAZO! Mexico strikes again! Erick Gutierrez gave a great through ball to Gerardo Artega, who was inside the box and was able to beat goalkeeper David Ospina to score the second one of the night.

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Mexico quick counter attack was stopped by Davidson Sánchez when he used his body to bring down Uriel Antuna and stop the danger. The CONCACAF side thought  it was a foul, but the referee let the play continue.

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Alexis Vegas keeps being a constant threat on the left flank. The Chivas ace stills the ball and was able to make a cross looking for Henry Martín, but it was blocked by a defender Davidson Sánchez.

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Compact in shape, the Colombian's manage to weather the moment and finally are taking control of the game.

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After a slow start, Colombia is trying to regain the possession of the ball, but they can't finish the play in the last third. The good news for Mexico is that Nestor Araujo seems to be fine and will continue playing, at least for now.

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James Rodríguez gives a perfect long through ball to Luis Díaz down the left flank and the Liverpool winger cuts to his right side and makes a powerful shot from outside the box. This time Nestor Araujo blocked the ball and got injured following the play. Mexico's defender is struggling to get up and he might need to be replaced.

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Kevin Álvarez makes a great play down the right flank and gave the ball to Henry Martín. Then the Club América striker makes a great solo play, dribbling past the defenders, and made a shot before entering the box that was blocked.

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From the resulting freekick, Mexico makes it into the Colombia's area. A lose ball almost finds Nestor Araujo, but the referee called a foul against goalkeeper David Ospina.

Mexico's high pressure paid off early in the game and they have taken the lead at Levi's stadium.

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GOL! GOAL! GOLAZO! Alexis Vega scores from the spot to give Mexico the early lead.

Uriel Antuna was tackled inside the box by Luis Díaz and the referee has awarded a penalty kick for Mexico. The first clear opportunity for El Tri to score the first one of the night annd it will be Alexis Vega in charge of taking it from the spot.

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Uriel Antuna was tackled inside the box by Luis Díaz and the referee has awarded a penalty kick for Mexico. The first clear opportunity for El Tri to score the first one of the night annd it will be Alexis Vega in charge of taking it from the spot.

Historic appearance from Andrés Guardado

The captain of the Mexico national team makes his 177th international appearance tonight against Colombia, surpassing former legend Claudio 'Emperador' Suárez.

And we're off!

We're underway here in Santa Clara, California and it's Colombia who have got us started as they begin with the ball.

Welcome to the last game of the international window on AS USA

If you're just joining us then let us give you a warm welcome to our live text coverage of the last game of the international window here on AS USA. We've got a massive game tonight as several Mexico players will have one last chance to make a case for themselves to convince Gerardo Martino to include them in the final roster that will participate in the upcoming FIFA World Cup. In front, they will have Colombia, a team that failed to qualified in CONMEBOL, but are starting a new cycle under manager Néstor Lorenzo. Stay with us as we bring you the action play by play!

Mexico vs Colombia: match preview

In their opening friendly in the US on Saturday, Mexico ended a barren run against South American opposition by beating Peru 1-0, Hirving Lozano’s late goal in Pasadena giving the Tricolor their first victory over a side from the continent in seven attempts.

On Tuesday, the Mexicans have the opportunity to make it two wins in a row against CONMEBOL teams when they take on Colombia, who are also on a mini-tour of the States.

Néstor Lorenzo’s men, who won’t be at Qatar 2022 after missing out on World Cup qualification for the first time since 2010, beat Guatemala 4-1 in a friendly in New Jersey at the weekend.

Martino's future is in doubt with El Tri

Gerardo Martino was appointed as Mexico's head coach in January 2019 and his contract expires at the end of the World Cup. The veteran head coach has been in the hot seat for almost two years now, but poor results with the Mexico national team have fans questioning his position. Prior to the friendly against Colombia he was asked about his future, but he replied that his focus is in the World Cup right now.

Colombia warms up

While Mexico warms up in two separate groups, the Colombian national team does it together at Levi's stadium to get ready for their last friendly of the year and they want to give their fans hope ahead of the next World Cup cycle. 

Mexico warms up

Very interesting sight from the press box from our correspondent that is located inside the press box at Levi's stadium. For the first time we see that the Mexico national team is warming up in two separate groups, is Gerardo Martino planning on trying something new against Colombia?

Colombia's starting XI

Veteran striker Radamel Falcao will be the captain for the game agaisnt Mexico.

Mexico's starting XI

Andrés Guardado will be the captain for the match against Colombia.

What isn’t the Mexico national team scoring goals in its games leading up to the 2022 World Cup?

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What isn’t the Mexico national team scoring goals in its games leading up to the 2022 World Cup?

With less than two months to go before Mexico make their debut at the 2022 World Cup against group rivals Poland, pressure continues to grow on ‘El Tri’ national team coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino as his side continue to offer disappointing displays in the games leading up up to the tournament.

‘El Tri’ lost the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup finals against the United States in 2021 and struggled to secure their spot to Qatar during the World Cup qualifiers earlier this year.

Mexico confirm five casualties before Colombia test

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Mexico confirm five casualties before Colombia test

Mexico missing stars

The Directorate of the Men’s National Teams states that Rogelio Funes Mori, Luis Romo, Jorge Sánchez, Raúl Jiménez and Héctor Herrera have dropped out of the concentration of the Mexican National Team that is in California,” it published.

The five players, by mutual agreement between the Mexican Football Federation and their clubs, were loaned from Sunday September 18 to Sunday September 25 to work on their rehabilitation with the team led by Gerardo Martino,” added the report.

Chicharito: “Going to the World Cup doesn’t depend on me”

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Chicharito: “Going to the World Cup doesn’t depend on me”

One of the biggest talking points in recent times has been Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández’s continued absence from the Mexico squad. It’s an issue which has been put both to the player, Mexico’s all-time top goal scorer, and current coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, who definitively closed the door to Hernández for the Qatar World Cup 2022.

Mexico is one of three World Cup teams without their active all-time leading goalscorer

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Mexico is one of three World Cup teams without their active all-time leading goalscorer

The FIFA international break of September is the last opportunity for head coaches to decide which players will be included in the final roster that will participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is set to start on 20 November. Out of the 32-teams that qualified, only three will have the ‘luxury’ to leave out their all-time leading goalscorers.

The Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United States men’s national teams are the three expected not to call up their all-time goalscorers. While the rest of the 29-teams have included their active top scorers during this last international window prior to making the trip to Qatar in November.

Is Mexico striker Raúl Jiménez at risk of missing the World Cup?

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Is Mexico striker Raúl Jiménez at risk of missing the World Cup?

The coach of the Mexico national team, Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, confirmed that Raúl Jiménez will not play during the September international break against Peru (24 September) and Colombia (27 September). Martino also said that the 31-year-old was going to return to Wolves on Sunday to continue his recovery from a groin injury in hopes he reaches full fitness sooner rather than later.

Mexico’s relationship with the fans is broken

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Mexico’s relationship with the fans is broken

The reality is that the Mexican fans are not happy with the performances of the Mexico national team in the past two years due to the poor results across all competitions. El Tri lost the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup finals against the United States in 2021 and struggled to secure their spot to Qatar during the World Cup qualifiers earlier this year.

As a result, only 62,729 fans, from Mexico and Peru, attended the Rose Bowl stadium in the start of their send off tour prior to the start of the World Cup on Saturday night in a venue that has a seating capacity of 90,888. Meaning that the people are not confident that El Tri can advance past the group stage and they were left with more doubts than certainty.

Mexico vs Colombia: times, how to watch online and on TV in the US

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Mexico vs Colombia: times, how to watch online and on TV in the US

What time is Mexico vs Colombia?

The clash between El Tri and Los Cafeteros kicks off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, at 7pm PT on Tuesday 27 September. Elsewhere in the US, that’s 10pm ET/9pm CT. Find out when Mexico vs Colombia gets going if you’re in a different time zone.

Mexico vs Colombia: welcome

Cheers and a very warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for the last game of the international window for both sides prior to the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. There is a lot at stake for Mexico because several players will have one last opportunity to convince manager Gerardo Martino to include them in the final roster that will travel to Qatar in November.

On the other hand, Colombia failed to qualify to the World Cup this year, but they are starting a new process under newly appointed head coach Nestor Lorenzo, who is trying to bring in young talent for the next qualifiers in CONMEBOL. So both teams have a lot at stake and this will be more than a friendly that will be player at Levi's stadium in Santa Clara, California on Tuesday night.

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