Mexico's Andres Guardado (right) tries to hold off Lionel Messi of Argentina during their international friendly on September 8, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Photo: Mexsport)
ARLINGTON, Texas – Argentina scored a pair of late goals to rally for a 2-2 draw with Mexico in an international friendly on Tuesday in front of 82,559 at AT&T Stadium.
The Tricolor’s unbeaten streak was extended to 10 consecutive games in its last outing before facing the United States on October 10 in the CONCACAF Cup for a place in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Lionel Messi completed the comeback in the 89th minute, receiving a Sergio Aguero pass with his chest in the left side of the box and firing a left-footed volley past goalkeeper Moises Muñoz from six-yards out.
Four minutes earlier, Aguero halved the deficit with a simple tap-in at the right post after Muñoz overcommitted on a bouncing ball in the box, which allowed Ezequiel Lavezzi to cross from the goal line.
Things had started brightly for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup champion. It was awarded a kick from the spot after Raul Jimenez was tripped from behind in the penalty area by Nicolas Otamendi. Javier Hernandez, who recently joined Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen, converted in the 19th minute to give Mexico a 1-0 lead.
Hector Herrera made it 2-0 in the 70th minute, collecting Miguel Layun’s left-sided cross at the top of the and hitting the back of the net with a right-footed shot that deflected off goalkeeper Nahuel Guzman.
Mexico also tied Trinidad & Tobago, 3-3, four days earlier in Sandy, Utah. Herrera netted in that match as well.