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Mexico wins 3-2 late in extra time

Paul Aguilar scored a goal late in extra time Saturday night, leading Mexico to a 3-2 victory over the United States. With the win, Mexico won the right to represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, an important eight-team tournament that acts as a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup.

Aguilar’s goal came off a scramble after a set piece in the U.S. end, and capped a scintillating extra time session full of ebbs and flows. It was a proper conclusion for a game that Mexico earned with a dominant performance.

Mexico got the quick upper hand in the extra session when substitute Oribe Peralta scored in the 96th minute. 

Just as it looked bleak for the U.S. side, Bobby Wood broke through and score the equalizer to send the crowd into a nervous frenzy.

Mexico’s El Tri made its attention known by setting an aggressive, attacking lineup, with just two midfielders and three strikers. Throughout the game, they were more dynamic and impressive, and the USMNT played in a reactive, defensive shell. Counter attacking opportunities were few and far between for the U.S., as they struggled to get the ball out of their own half and looked a step slow to get to the 50-50 ball.

With the win, Mexico builds on momentum from a successful summer. With the loss, the USMNT faces increased scrutiny, with sure calls coming from some corners for the ouster of coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Moore/Getty Images

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