Mexico was overpowered by Uruguay to the tune of 4-1 when the two met in a friendly in NRG Stadium in Houston in both teams’ first match since the World Cup. It was an exciting game that saw three penalty kicks awarded as well as a brace by Luis Suárez.
El Tri had the better of the early play, and they had the better of possession throughout the game, but it was Uruguay who took the lead. In the 22nd minute, José María Giménez headed home a corner kick to give the South Americans the 0-1 lead.
But Mexico quickly found a response. Hirving Lozano was brought down in the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Raúl Jiménez stepped up to take the spot kick, and he converted to make it 1-1 in the 25th minute.
It wasn’t long before Uruguay reclaimed their lead, however. In the 32nd minute, Luis Suárez sent a free kick into the bottom right corner, out of the reach of Memo Ochoa, to make it 1-2.
Then, in the 41st minute, the referee pointed to the spot again – this time in favor of Uruguay. Suárez took the penalty kick and he sent it down the middle, Panenka-style, to increase the lead to 1-3 going into halftime.
Uruguay kept scoring in the second half, with Gastón Pereiro’s header making it 1-4 in the 58th minute.
Mexico struggled to respond; although they had possession, the young team was unable to create many decisive attacks. Roberto Álvarado, who earned his first cap here, drew a penalty kick in the 73rd minute, but this time Jiménez was unable to convert it as the score remained 1-4 in favor of Uruguay.
Next up for Mexico is a friendly against their CONCACAF rivals, the U.S., in Nashville on Tuesday.
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Jesús Angulo, Hugo Ayala, Jesús Gallardo, Luis Rodríguez, Alan Pulido (Roberto Álvarado 45′), Erick Gutiérrez (Víctor Guzmán 60′), Jonathan dos Santos (Jonathan González 45′), Raúl Jiménez, Hirving Lozano (Ángel Zaldívar 72′), Elías Hernández (Diego Lainez 66′).
Uruguay: Fernando Muslera, Diego Godín, José María Giménez, Diego Laxalt, Martín Cáceres, Lucas Torreira (Cristhian Stuani 45′), Matías Vecino, Rodrigo Ventancur (Nahitan Nández 74′), Luis Suárez (Nicolas Lodeiro 68′), Gastón Pereiro (Gastón Silva 83′), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Federico Valverde 83′).