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Liga MX in the 2018 World Cup

Mexico’s World Cup roster may have had the lowest-ever percentage of domestically-based players, but Liga MX will still boast 22 Russia-bound representatives.

Eleven Liga MX teams and one from Ascenso MX will be represented in the World Cup, where their players will suit up for seven different national teams: Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Panama, and Japan.

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Peru vs Mexico – Recap and Highlights

el triPeru and Mexico played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly that served both teams as a warm-up for the Copa América. The Peruvians dominated large stretches of the match, but great goalkeeping from Alfredo Talavera kept the hosts from running away with the game, and Miguel Herrera used his substitutions to good effect in the second half.

Herrera made seven changes to the team that defeated Guatemala 3-0 over the weekend, and most of the seven new faces did very little to make their case for playing time in the Copa América. With the exception of Alfredo Talavera and Javier Aquino, Mexico as a whole provided very few bright spots in the first half.

A dominant Peruvian team created numerous chances, but “Tala” was able to prevent them from capitalizing on any of them with a series of fine saves, including three inside the first 10 minutes of the match.

Mexico’s defense had looked vulnerable throughout the opening 45 minutes, and Hugo Ayala came on for Rafa Márquez at halftime after the aging Márquez had been beat for speed a few times too many in the first half.

However, Ayala ended up playing a large role in Peru’s opening goal. A sliding clearance attempt very nearly turned into an own goal, with only the post saving Ayala from opening the scoring for the wrong team. The ball stayed alive after hitting the post, though, and Jefferson Farfán was the first to react, poking the ball home from close range in the 63rd minute.

More subs appeared in the immediate aftermath of that goal, with Luis Montes and José “Tecatito” Manuel Corona entering the game. Corona provided a spark of energy and Peru’s Pedro Requena earned a yellow card in the 74th minute for essentially mugging the youngster as he tried to get down the wing. “Tecatito” petulantly kicked out at Requena after the referee finally blew the whistle, which could have earned him a card of his own and kicked off a bit of a scuffle between the two teams.

When order had been restored, Luis Montes swung the ensuing free kick into the box and Juan Carlos Valenzuela headed it home to tie the game 1-1. Goalkeeper Pedro Gallese had come off his line but had no chance of getting the ball, allowing Valenzuela to nod it into an empty net.

Two minutes later, Requena earned his second yellow card of the night and the ensuing red, leaving Mexico with a man advantage for the final 12 minutes and stoppage time. “El Tri” was unable to put their extra man to good use, however, and when the final whistle blew the spoils were shared as Peru and Mexico drew 1-1.

Next up for Mexico is one last pre-Copa América warm-up game, this one against Brazil on Sunday.

Highlights

Lineups

Peru: Pedro Gallese, Carlos Ascues, Carlos Augusto Zambrano, Luis Advíncula (Pedro Requena 52′), Christian Alberto Cueva (José Yordy Reyna 68′), Josepmir Aarón Ballón, Jair Céspedes, Joel Sánchez (Hansell Riojas 80′), Carlos Lobatón (Paolo Hurtado 67′), Jefferson Farfán (Claudio Miguel Pizarro 73′), José Paolo Guerrero.

Mexico: Alfredo Talavera, Gerardo Flores, Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Rafael Márquez (Hugo Ayala 45′), Julio César Domínguez, Javier Aquino (Jesús Manuel Corona 66′), Juan Carlos Medina (Javier Güemez 59′), Marco Fabián (Luis Montes 65′), Efraín Velarde, Enrique Esqueda (Eduardo Herrera 70′), Raúl Jiménez (George Corral 87′). 

Mexico’s Starting Lineup vs Peru

el triMiguel “Piojo” Herrera has released the starting eleven that will face Peru in an international friendly on Wednesday night, and the lineup features some changes from the team that defeated Guatemala 3-0 over the weekend.

Rafael Márquez, who joined the team after the Guatemala game, will get a start in this one. Jesús Corona makes way for Alfredo Talavera in goal, and both members of the strike pair have changed from Saturday’s game.

The complete lineup, in Herrera’s usual 5-3-2 formation is: Alfredo Talavera in goal, with Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Rafael Márquez, Julio César Domínguez, Gerardo Flores, and Efraín Velarde in front of him. The midfield trio will consist of Marco Fabián, Javier Aquino, and Juan Carlos Medina, with Raúl Jiménez and Enrique Esqueda forming the strike partnership up top.

International Friendly
Wednesday, June 3
Peru vs Mexico – 9:00 PM – Unimás / Univision Deportes / ESPNews / Online

Peru vs Mexico: Where to Watch

el triThe Copa América is just over a week away and two of its participants will face off this Wednesday in Lima, Peru, in a preparatory friendly.

The hosts have played just one other friendly this year, a 1-0 loss to Venezuela in Miami back in March. Wednesday’s game against Mexico is their only scheduled friendly before the Copa América, so they will be taking it seriously.

As for “El Tri”, this is the second of three preparatory friendlies for them, and they will look to build on their 3-0 win against Guatemala last Saturday and get a head of steam going before they take on Brazil in their third and final friendly on Sunday. Mexico has won three of their four games this year and Miguel Herrera guarantees that they will surprise people in the Copa América, despite not bringing most of their stars.

International Friendly
Wednesday, June 3
Peru vs Mexico – 9:00 PM – Unimás / Univision Deportes / ESPNews / Online