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Friendly international

Mexico 1 - Spain 1

Mexico: Ochoa (Corona 56'); Juárez, Rodríguez, Moreno (Leobardo López 67'), Salcido; Márquez (Aguilar 57'), Torrado; Giovani Dos Santos (Elias Hernández 66'), Vela (Esqueda 57'), Guardado (Pinto 70'); Javier "Chicharito" Hernández (Barrera 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Spain: Casillas (Víctor Valdés 46'); Arbeloa, Puyol (Sergio Ramos 46'), Marchena (Piqué 67'), Monreal; Busquets (Xavi 62'), Bruno (Pedro 72'); Cazorla, Cesc Fábregas (Xabi Alonso 46'), Mata (Silva 46'); Llorente (Jesús Navas 46'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 12. Hernández. Ran on to through ball and struck low shot inside near post.
1-1. 92. David Silva. Picked up Xavi pass and held off defender to beat Corona.

An injury time goal by David Silva saved a draw for Spain in the new season's first friendly international against Mexico. Although most of his World Cup squad were present, Del Bosque's starting line-up only included Casillas, Puyol and Busquets from the eleven who began the final in Johannesburg, with Villarreal's Bruno making his full international debut. Many of his players had only just returned from vacation though, and with the long journey also taking it's toll, it was not surprising that the hosts took an early lead when Chicharito Hernández beat the offside trap to shoot wide of Casillas.

Some brave defending by Marchena prevented Mexico from increasing their lead, and Spain's only reply in the first half was a long shot by Cazorla which bent past Ochoa on to the bar. Both sides made the usual string of substitutions after the restart, with only David Villa and Capdevila left on the bench. Pedro went close with a couple of long shots late on, but it looked as if the World champions were heading for defeat until Xavi found Silva for him to score a late equaliser. Del Bosque's unbeaten record in friendlies remains intact, and although this match was fairly meaningless, the players at least got some match practise before the European qualifiers begin in September.