Sunday, 29 May 2016

Andres Guardado goal helps Mexico defeat Paraguay

El Tri's two friendlies ahead of the Copa America.

In front of about 63,000 fans at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Guardado scored the only goal after 32 minutes after receiving a cross from Jurgen Damm.

Both teams were limited offensively, with Mexico's goal the only clear opportunity in the first half.

Mexico midfielder Jesus Duenas floated the ball over the right side to Damm, who eluded Paraguay's Blas Riveros and sent the ball in to Guardado, who fired past defenders on the line to score.

Both sides made wholesale changes in the second half as they remained cautious ahead of the Copa, which begins June 3.

In the final stretch of the game, Paraguay tried to push forward to salvage a draw, but their advances were unproductive.

Mexico's next friendly is Wednesday against Chile in San Diego, while Paraguay await their opener against Costa Rica next Saturday.

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