Mexico beat Argentina 3-0 in FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final

Ivan Ochoa of Mexico speaks to reports after scoring twice against Argentina

Ivan Ochoa of Mexico speaks to reports after scoring twice against Argentina

(Sporting Alert) — Mexico beat nine-man Argentina 3-0 in their FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final clash at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday to put themselves on course to defend their title.

Two goals from Ivan Ochoa in the first half and another from Marco Granados late in the second guided the defending champions to victory and they will now await the winner of the semi-final which will feature Nigeria against Sweden.

Argentina had midfielder Joaquin Ibanez, who was sent off in the 31st minute and goalkeeper Augusto Batalla, who went in stoppage time in the second half, both picking up red cards in the defeat.

Mexico took advantage of Argentina’s failure to convert their chances early, after the South American giants missed a penalty kick in the early going – when Ochoa scored the opener in the 5th minute of play.

The attacker fired home a right-footer after he was left unmarked at the edged of the six-yard box and the offside appeals waved off.

Ochoa doubled the lead in the 21st minute when he finished from close range once again to give the North American champions a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Before that though, Argentina missed the chance to take the lead from the penalty spot after just three minutes when Sebastian Driussi’s spot kick was saved by the goalkeeper.

In the 31st minute, Ibanez was shown a red card for a bad foul on Omar Govea.

Mexico grabbed their third goal in the 86th minute Granados scored after being played through on goal.

Shortly after that Batalla received a straight red card for bring down a player just outside his box.