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Friendly boost for Mexico ahead of New Zealand playoff

(Reuters) - Mexico gave themselves a much-needed boost for their World Cup playoff against New Zealand with a 4-2 win over Finland in a friendly. Veteran defender Rafael Marquez opened the scoring in the 11th minute at the Qualcomm in San Diego, California on Wednesday in coach Miguel Herrera's debut in charge. Mexico scored further goals through midfielder Carlos Pena and strikers Oribe Peralta and Jesus Escoboza with Finland hitting back through Jarkko Hurme and an own goal by defender Juan Carlos Valenzuela.

Football: Mexico beat Finalnd 4-2 in friendly

Mexico, facing a playoff against New Zealand for a World Cup berth next month, displayed a vibrant, aggressive game Wednesday in a 4-2 friendly win over Finland. Miguel Herrera, the fourth manager in six weeks tasked with guiding the floundering side, Wednesday used seven players from his own Club America. The Mexican goals were scored by Rafael Marquez in the 12th minute, Carlos Pena in the 24th, Oribe Peralta in the 47th and Jesus Alonso in the 65th. Finland benefitted from several defensive lapses on Mexico's part -- something Herrera will want to address.

Miguel Herrera named as coach of Mexican national team

Mexico City, Oct 18 (EFE).- Miguel Herrera, who guided the America soccer club to the Liga MX title, was named Friday as provisional coach of Mexico's troubled national team. "I have achieved the unconditional support of all of the clubs for Mr. Herrera to qualify us (for the 2014 World Cup). That is the goal," Mexican soccer federation chief Justino Compean said. Mexico ended the final six-team stage of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying with a mere 11 points and advanced to a playoff against New Zealand thanks only to a U.S. win over Panama.

Football: Vucetich facing sack as Mexico coach

Mexico coach Victor Manuel Vucetich is set to lose his job following the World Cup loss to Costa Rica at the weekend. The 2-1 defeat rounded off a poor qualifying campaign in the North and Central America zone which saw the Mexicans finish fourth and heading for a perilous playoff against Oceania champions New Zealand for a place in next year's finals in Brazil. "I have been given plenty indications (of his sacking) even although there is nothing official yet," Vucetich told the ESPNDeportes.com website following a day of speculation in Mexico.

Football: Struggling Mexico fire third coach in a month

Mexico manager Victor Manuel Vucetich said Thursday that he has been fired after just two games at the helm of the team's dismal World Cup qualifying campaign. Vucetich, who just last month became the third coach to guide the team as it struggled in the six-nation final qualifying group in North and Central America and the Caribbean, told US sports website ESPN.com that he had "received a notification in this direction" from the Mexican football federation and that an official announcement would come later.

Football: Mexico says 'gracias' US for World Cup save

Mexicans never imagined being in this position: Having to shamefully say "gracias" to bitter rivals the United States for helping their football team stay in contention for next year's World Cup. Losing 2-1 to Costa Rica on Tuesday, Mexico were flirting with disaster until Uncle Sam, who had already qualified, rode to the rescue by scoring two stoppage time goals to defeat Panama 3-2.

Football: Mexico says 'gracias' US for World Cup save

Mexicans never imagined being in this position: Having to shamefully say "gracias" to bitter rivals the United States for helping their football team stay alive for next year's World Cup. Losing to Costa Rica 2-1 on Tuesday, Mexico were flirting with disaster until Uncle Sam, who had already qualified, rode to the rescue at the 11th hour by scoring two stoppage time goals to defeat Panama 3-2.

Football: Mexico says 'gracias' US for World Cup save

Mexicans never imagined being in this position: Having to shamefully say "gracias" to bitter rivals the United States for helping their football team stay alive for next year's World Cup. Losing to Costa Rica 2-1 on Tuesday, Mexico were flirting with disaster until Uncle Sam, who had already qualified, rode to the rescue at the 11th hour by scoring two stoppage time goals to defeat Panama 3-2.

Football: Jimenez bicycle kick saves Mexico World Cup bid

Mexico won a new chance to qualify for the World Cup after an epic bicycle kick by Raul Alonso Jimenez helped his team defeat Panama on Friday. Jimenez scored his wonder goal five minutes before the end and just two minutes after entering the game to give the home side a 2-1 victory at a packed Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. "For me it was very important to come into the game and make a difference with this great goal at that time, because we regained confidence and we made fans happy," Jimenez said.

Football: Mexico in make-or-break World Cup qualifier

Mexico face a must-win World Cup qualifier against Panama on Friday or risk missing the tournament, costing millions in endorsements and breaking millions of hearts in the football-mad nation. Coming off a high after winning the 2012 London Olympics gold medal, the Mexicans came into the qualifying campaign as favourites as usual to cruise to next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.
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