Mexico beat Poland 1-0 on Monday afternoon in their international friendly. The result is a second good one for El Tri against European opponents after they drew with Belgium in another friendly last Friday.
Mexico took the lead early, with Raúl Jiménez making it 0-1 in the 13th minute. Javier Aquino had been driving into the box, only to have the ball rebound off a Polish defender. The loose ball fell for Jiménez, however, and his left-footed shot beat Wojciech Szczesny to give El Tri the lead.
The hosts were without their injured captain, Robert Lewandowski, as they were shut-out for the second straight game (after drawing 0-0 with Uruguay in Friday’s friendly). It was Mexico’s first clean sheet in their last five games.
Poland had a good chance to equalize in the 20th minute, but they couldn’t convert the goal-mouth scramble. Then, just past the half-hour mark, Piotr Zielinski sent his half-volley over the bar.
Mexico made four of their six substitutions at halftime, including retiring the goalscoring Jiménez, but the visitors still continued to look the more dangerous side.
It wasn’t until the hour-mark that Jesús Corona was forced into a save, when he stopped Maciej Rybus’s low shot to the near post.
Meanwhile, Mexico came close to adding to their lead through Oribe Peralta, who had a pair of opportunities to give El Tri an insurance goal.
Poland: Wojciech Szczesny, Thiago Cionek, Jaroslaw Jach, Artur Jedrzejczyk (Pawel Wszolek 45′), Krzysztof Maczynski, Karol Linetty (Rafal Wolski 62′), Maciej Rybus (Rafal Kurzawa 83′), Tomasz Kedziora, Jakub Swierczok (Mariusz Stepinski 71′), Maciej Makuszewski (Jakub Blaszczykowski 76′), Piotr Zielinski.
Mexico: José de Jesús Corona, Hugo Ayala (César Montes 45′), Héctor Moreno (Carlos Vela 63′), Carlos Salcedo (Néstor Araujo 45′), Jesús Gallardo, Miguel Layún, Diego Reyes, Andrés Guardado, Jonathan dos Santos (Omar Govea 74′), Javier Aquino (Hirving Lozano 45′), Raúl Jiménez (Oribe Peralta 45′).