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Mexico defeat Scotland 1-0 in pre-World Cup friendly


Mexico’s Miguel Layun (right) kicks the ball as Scotland’s Scott McKenna tries to defend during the International Friendly at Azteca stadium in Mexico City. – AP/PTI
 MEXICO CITY, June 3: Mexico gave a good demonstration but missed numerous scoring opportunities despite beating Scotland 1-0 on Saturday in a friendly at the Azteca stadium before travelling to the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

 Giovani Dos Santos of the United States side LA Galaxy, scored a goal in the 13th minute to give Mexico the win, reports Efe.

The Mexicans came out with a formation similar to the one they will use against Germany on June 17 in their first match at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and soon began to dominate against a rival with only four attackers.

In the 13th minute, Carlos Vela put the ball to Dos Santos, who shot from the left, hit the post and put the score at 1-0.

Scotland were thrown back waiting for coach Juan Carlos Osorio’s trusted troika, who came in the 27th minute with a shot from Miguel Layun to the post, in the 30th with a shot on the goal by Hector Herrera and in the 37th with another of Hirving Lozano, stopped by goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin.

The second half started with a rebellion of the Europeans who in the 49th were about to tie with a shot from Oliver McBurnie, whose shot hit the post. – IANS

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