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.
The first game will be played in Córdoba, where Argentina will host Mexico in the Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes. El Tri is still under the interim management of Ricardo Ferretti, while Argentina is also awaiting a new coach after Jorge Sampaoli left after the World Cup.
After beating Costa Rica 3-2 on Friday, Mexico will now take on Chile in another international friendly. Interim coach Ricardo Ferretti used a Liga MX-based lineup in the game against CONCACAF competition Costa Rica, but Tuesday’s game will see El Tri’s European-based players take the field.
Chile fell 3-0 to Peru in their own friendly last Friday, a result that leaves La Roja winless in three. But the last time these two national teams faced off, Chile walked away with a stunning 7-0 victory, a result that Mexico will be anxious to erase from people’s minds with a strong showing in La Corregidora.
Mexico started off a little shaky, with a back pass nearly escaping Manuel Gibrán Lajud in the 10th minute for an own-goal, although the keeper was able to recover and grab the ball before it crossed the line.
El Tri is still under the interim management of Tigres UANL coach Ricardo Ferretti, while the Ticos have just announced the hiring of Gustavo Matosas as their new coach. Matosas will be watching this friendly from the stands, however, as he will not take charge until after this month’s matches.
Both Mexico and the U.S. were in action last Friday, and both CONCACAF teams fell to South American opponents; El Tri lost 4-1 to Uruguay while Brazil beat the U.S. 2-0.
Both teams have young rosters and are under the direction of interim coaches, and many players will be participating in this regional rivalry for the first time – and will be eager to make their mark on it.
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.
Interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti has chosen a young team for El Tri’s September friendlies, with fifteen players under age 25 and nine without any caps, while some familiar faces such as Chicharito Hernández and Carlos Vela were not called up.
Mexico started the year off with a win as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in an international friendly. The largely domestic-based roster earned the win by the minimum difference thanks to Hugo Ayala’s first goal for El Tri in the second half.
Bosnia was also testing young players, many of whom were inexperienced internationally, and Mexico looked the better side from the beginning. They were wasteful with their chances, however, with Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela both failing to capitalize on early opportunities.
El Tri last took the field in November, when they drew Belgium and beat Poland in a pair of friendlies in Europe, while Bosnia was just in action this Sunday when they played out a 0-0 draw with the USA in another friendly.
This game will be played in San Antonio, and since it doesn’t fall on a FIFA date, Mexico’s roster is almost entirely Liga MX-based.