El Tri had an early chance through Raúl Jiménez, who met a cross from Marco Fabián with a diving header, but saw his attempt stopped by the crossbar in just the 2nd minute. Soon after that, Ramiro Funes Mori slipped and allowed Alan Pulido to play in Fabián, but his shot was easily stopped by Agustín Marchesín.
After those early opportunities, though, the game tilted in Argentina’s favor. They created chances of their own through Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martínez, who forced a good save out of Memo Ochoa with his header in the 38th minute.
A free kick just before halftime gave Argentina the lead. Dybala sent the ball into the box and Funes Mori headed it home to make it 1-0 for the Albiceleste.
A wave of halftime substitutions by Mexico, followed by a flood of subs by Argentina a little later, resulted in a bit of a disjointed second half as both teams struggled to adjust to the new personnel.
Mexico couldn’t find an equalizer and in the 83rd minute the unfortunate Isaác Brizuela turned the ball into his own net when he attempted to cut out a cross heading for Mauro Icardi, giving Argentina the unassailable 2-0 lead.
The two teams will face again on Tuesday, November 20, in the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.
Argentina: Agustín Marchesín, Juan Foyth, Nicolás Tagliafico, Ramiro Funes Mori, Leandro Paredes (Gastón Giménez 88′), Giovani lo Celso (Maximiliano Meza 67′), Marcos Acuña (Erik Lamela 89′), Renzo Saravia, Lautaro Martínez (Mauro Icardi 57′), Ángel Correa (Rodrigo de Paul 45′), Paulo Dybala (Franco Vázquez 72′).
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Néstor Araujo, Diego Reyes, Jesús Gallardo (Gerardo Arteaga 46′), Luis Rodríguez (Julio César Domínguez 46′), Raúl Jiménez, Javier Güemez, Marco Fabián (Víctor Guzmán 45′), Erick Gutiérrez (Roberto Alvarado 74′), Miguel Layún (Isaác Brizuela 79′), Alan Pulido (Ángel Zaldívar 46′).