Mexico extends unbeaten run with win over Paraguay

Andres Guardado (#18) acknowledges Jurgen Damm after scoring against Paraguay in an international friendly on May 28, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Mexsport)

ATLANTA, Georgia – Mexico extended its unbeaten streak to 18 consecutive games with a 1-0 win over Paraguay in an international friendly on Saturday before a crowd of 63,049 at the Georgia Dome.

Both teams are preparing for the Copa America Centenario, which will be played June 3-26, 2016, in the United States.

Andres Guardado scored the only goal in the 31st minute, when Jurgen Damm raced in on goal after receiving a long pass down the right from Tigres teammate Jesus Dueñas. Rather than shoot, the unselfish 23-year-old squared a pass to Guardado, who side-footed with his left into an open net from eight-yards out.

It was Guardado’s third goal in his last two games at a venue that is slated to be replaced by Mercedes-Benz Stadium next year. The PSV Eindhoven standout also struck for a brace in a 2-1 win over Panama last year in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals.

Early in the second half, Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa – playing his first game for the Tricolor since the 2015 Gold Cup final triumph over Jamaica -- was nearly surprised by an unexpected effort from the right by Robert Piris. He managed, though, to claw down the looping ball while tumbling backwards into the net.

Mexico will face Chile on Wednesday in San Diego, before opening its Copa America Centenario campaign on June 5 in Glendale, Arizona, against Uruguay.