While it was only a friendly, Mexico poured all its heart out to beat Ecuador 1-0 in their match Saturday, with Chicharito Hernandez leading the charge.

The Mexicans had a slow start in the game. However, Chicharito managed to break away from Ecuador’s defence and take the shot from the 18-yard box. This is the 26-year old forward’s 39th goal for the Mexican team, which puts him closer to the record set by Janet Borgeth for Mexico’s all-time goal score. Chicharito plays for Manchester United but is currently on loan to Real Madrid.

After more than an hour of silent play, Mexico had an opportunity for a second goal in the 91st minute. However, Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez managed to block the shot coming from Raul Jimenez.

Goalkeeper Jose Corona proved to be the biggest asset for Mexico’s defensive side with his several saves, most notable of which is the block of Miller Bolanos’ goal attempt in the 73rd minute.

On the other hand, he Ecuadorians proved to be tenacious right from the start. The team managed to create an opening for a goal as early as the fifth minute. However, Bolanos’ attempt was thwarted by Corona. After Chicharito sank Mexico’s goal, Ecuador got the opportunity for an equalizer in the 36th minute via Jefferson Montero’s attempts, which was ultimately denied by Corona. This is the team’s first match since October.

Mexican coach Miguel Herrera was very enthusiastic about his team’s win. “We’re very happy, very pleased because the most important thing here is as a team,” he said during the post-game interview by ESPN. “We made a very, very big effort, and we’re very happy.”

Herrera also stressed that, even if these matches are just friendlies, his team puts in a lot of effort to win.  “It was very important because we want each game to try to show a response to the confidence the manager gives to us,”

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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