HOUSTON, TX (Sporting Alert) — Mexico are down to ten men after Pablo Barrera was shown a red card for hand ball in the 27th of their friendly football international clash with Nigeria at Reliant Stadium here in Houston.
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The result of Barrera’s hand ball was a penalty for Nigeria.
Mexico now find themselves trailing 2-1 in the spirited opening 45 minutes, as they compete in the final warm up game before the busy fixtures in June.
Manchester United forward Javier Hernández gave Mexico the lead in the 21st minute of play with a right footed shot into the bottom left corner of the goal, following a cross from Pablo Barrera.
However, Nigeria have pulled level through forward Ideye Brown, who netted from the penalty spot off that Barrera’s hand ball.
John Ogu then fired home off a deflected shot four-minutes before the half-time break to give the African nation a 2-1 lead.
Hernandez had earlier hit the post, while Aldo De Nigris has squandered several opportunities to score for Mexico.
Mexico Starting Team
12 Jose de Jesus Corona, 2 Francisco Rodríguez, 3 Carlos Salcido, 4 Diego Reyes, 13 Severo Meza, 6 Gerardo Torrado, 7 Pablo Barrera, 17 Jesús Eduardo Zavala, 18 Andrés Guardado, 9 Aldo De Nigris, 14 Javier Hernández
Nigeria Starting Team
16 Austin Ejide; 2 Godfrey Oboabona, 3 Elderson, 5 Efe Ambrose, 22 Kenneth Omeruo, 4 John Ogu, 9 Joseph Akpala, 11 Nnamdi Oduamadi, 17 Ogenyi Onazi, 19 Sunday Mbah, 8 Ideye Brown