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Mexico beats Bolivia 5-1 in friendly

sports Updated: Mar 12, 2009 11:34 IST
Mexico beats Bolivia 5-1 in friendly

Mexico comfortably handled 10-man Bolivia 5-1 in an international friendly on Wednesday that might put the focus less on coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's job security and more about qualifying for next year's World Cup.

Matias Vuoso and Leandro Augusto scored less than nine minutes apart in the first half.

Vuoso added his second goal in the 59th minute and left to a standing ovation at Sporting Goods Park when Eriksson went to his reserves for the final 28 minutes.

Bolivia, playing a man down for the last 60 minutes, got its only goal through an excellent Didi Torrico solo effort in the 69th. Any hopes of a comeback ended when Sergio Santana knocked in a penalty two minutes later. Jose Maria Cardenas capped the scoring on debut. The victory, which came in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 18,296, gave Eriksson a reprieve from talk about his job. Mexico was winless in its past four World Cup qualifiers.

Mexico, seeking to build momentum heading into its next qualifier against Costa Rica on March 28, carried the play from the start. Omar Bravo nearly scored on a header 45 seconds into the game, but his attempt was blocked by goalie Carlos Arias.

Vuoso put Mexico ahead in the 24th when he one-timed a cross from Israel Martinez inside the right post.

After Bolivia defender Juan Manuel Pena was sent off, Augusto took the ensuing direct kick from 25 meters (yards) and curled it around the wall into the left corner of the net.

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