Mexico, Chile battle to scoreless stalemate

Action from the international friendly between Chile (white jersey) and Mexico on September 6, 2014, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

SANTA CLARA, California — In its first match since the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Mexico played Chile to a 0-0 draw in an international friendly on Saturday before a capacity crowd of 67,175 at Levi's Stadium.

The Mexicans have now shutout Chile in three of their last four meetings.

Following an evenly exchanged opening, the South Americans edged into the game and produced two chances.  Alexis Sanchez fired wide of the left post in the 10th minute and an Arturo Vidal header eight minutes later forced goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa to tip the ball over the crossbar.

In the 21st minute, Mexico’s Oribe Peralta intercepted a poor clearance, dribbled into the right side of the box only to see his right-footed effort from 16-yards out flash wide of the left post.

Both teams emerged from the break scoreless, but Giovani Dos Santos nearly broke the stalemate in the 64th minute for the Tricolor.  The Villarreal star ran on to a ball that should have been headed out by the Chilean defense, but his right-footed attempt from 13 yards blazed over the crossbar.

Shortly afterwards, Javier Orozco could have given Mexico a lead off a right-sided feed from Peralta.  The unmarked Santos forward, though, skied high from eight-yards out.

Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo punched away another Orozco shot with 10 minutes remaining in normal time.

Mexico returns to action on Tuesday with a friendly against Bolivia in Commerce City, Colorado.