MEXICO CITY (Sporting Alert) — The following are the starting lineups for the FIFA WORLD CUP CONCACAF/OFC QUALIFYING game between Mexico and New Zealand at the Azteca stadium on Wednesday.
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The new-look Mexico team sees Moises Rodriguez starting in goal in a team that consists of locally-based players, as the likes of Guillermo Ochoa and Javier Chicharito Hernandez not involved.
Experienced defender Rafael Márquez lead the back line and will play alongside Francisco Rodríguez, Juan Valenzuela and Miguel Layún.
Among the starters in midfield are Juan Medina, Carlos Peña Rodríguez and Luís Montes, while the attack will be led by Oribe Peralta Morones, who has scored nine goals for Santos so far this term from 11 games and Raúl Jiménez, who has seven for Club América.
Goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona and forward Aldo De Nigris are on the bench.
Chicharito has been in good form for Manchester United recently and many were surprised that he was even overlooked by new coach Miguel Herrera.
Meanwhile, Leicester City forward Chris Wood is among the starters today for the All Whites as they seek something from the first leg road clash.
Mexico v New Zealand
Mexico: Munoz, Aguilar, Rodriguez, Marquez, Valenzuela, Layun, Medina, Pena, Montes, Jimenez, Peralta
Subs: Talavera, Aldrete, Escoboza, Herrera, Naelson, Mendoza, Corona, Mier, Salinas, Edwin Hernandez, Molina
New Zealand: Moss, Durante, Lochhead, Smith, Bertos, Christie, McGlinchey, Vicelich, Brockie, Barbarouses, Wood
Subs: Williams, Butler, Sigmund, Tuiloma, Smeltz, Fallon, Rojas, James, Roux, Henderson, Clapham, Spoonley
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)