Abuja - The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday held Mexico to a 2-2 draw in
an international friendly played at the Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas,
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the international
friendly with Mexico served as a build-up to the Super Eagles' world cup
qualifier against Kenya and the FIFA confederation cup in June.
Javier Hernandez gave Mexico the lead after 21 minutes, but the match
turned just before the half-hour mark when Pablo Barrera blocked a shot
with his hand, which made the referee to call for penalty kick.
Brown Ideye made no mistake with the penalty, and Nigeria took the
lead when John Ogu took a long-range shot that deflected off Gerardo
Torrado and past Jose Corona with five minutes remaining in the first
In spite of their numerical advantage, Nigeria could not find another
goal after the break, and Mexico were able to level through Hernandez
With 20 minutes remaining, Hernandez met a Carlos Salcido cross at
the near post and stabbed it past the goalkeeper, much to the delight of
the pro-Mexico crowd.
The remaining minutes saw the Super Eagles hanging on to possession of ball for a 2-2 draw at the end of a grueling encounter.
With this feat, Hernandez moved into fifth on the
all-time Mexico scoring list, with 32 international goals in 47