Two first-half goals kept Brazil perfect this year as they defeated Mexico 2-0 in El Tri’s final pre-Copa América warm-up match. Brazil has one more friendly before that competition gets underway, with a clash against Honduras scheduled for June 10th.
Mexico started the game brightly, enough so that the home fans began to boo, but they had trouble getting past the defensive partnership of David Luis and Miranda.
A moment of brilliance from Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the 28th minute, with the Liverpool playmaker netting his first goal for his country. Coutinho received the ball from Filipe Luis, got past defender Hugo Ayala, and beat Jesús Corona at the near post to make it 1-0.
It didn’t take long for Brazil to add to their advantage, with Diego Tardelli making it 2-0 in the 36th. Elias played in Tardelli on the left, and all he had to do was tap the ball home from six yards out. Ayala was somewhat to blame for that goal as well, and he was one of Mexico’s three halftime substitutions.
The substitutions didn’t do much for El Tri, however, and they continued to struggle in the final third. Despite having more of the ball – Brazil sat back a bit in the second half, content to protect their lead – they failed to do anything threatening with it.
Mexico was always the underdog in this game, but they will nevertheless be somewhat disheartened by the loss. Improvements will need to be made if they want to make waves in the Copa América.
That competition starts in just a few days, and Mexico is in Group A along with the hosts Chile, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Their first match is June 12th against Bolivia.
Brazil: Jefferson de Oliveira, Danilo Luiz (Fábio Henrique 16′), Joao Miranda de Souza, David Luis, Filipe, Fernandinho, Elias Mendes (Carlos Henrique Casemiro 78′), Philippe Coutinho (Everton Robeiro 70′), William (Douglas Costa 74′), Diego Tardelli (Roberto Firmino 59′), Fred (Felipe Anderson 83′).
Mexico: José de Jesús Corona, Hugo Ayala (Gerardo Flores 46′), Julio César Domínguez, Rafael Márquez, George Corral (Carlos Salcedo 46′), Mario Osuna (Marco Fabián 46′), Adrián Aldrete, Javier Güemez (Juan Carlos Medina 66′), Jesús Manuel Corona (Luis Montes 76′), Raúl Jiménez (Vicente Matías Vuoso 64′), Eduardo Herrera.