LIVE: Wales vs Mexico

LIVE: Wales vs Mexico

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46′ Page makes a double-change at half-time, with goalscorer Moore replaced by Robson-Kanu up front in the first alteration.

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46′ Substitution Dylan Levitt Josh Sheehan

Mexico manager Tata Martino will certainly be demanding more movement and urgency in the final third after the break. His side have proven their technical superiority on the ball, but have been unable to convert that into clear-cut chances and were undone by Wales’ purposeful counter-attacking. 

There goes the half-time whistle! Wales go into the interval ahead after Moore finished off an incisive move from close range 11 minutes into the contest. Mexico have dominated possession but have lacked ideas up front and failed to really test the hosts defensively in the first 45 minutes. It’s 1-0 to Wales at the break!

45′ + 1′ HALF-TIME: WALES 1-0 MEXICO

45′ Mexico have had 79% of the ball in this half so far, but they’ve mustered just three shots – with that speculative Rodriguez effort from range the first to test Hennessey. The visitors are just falling short in the final third.

43′ Rodriguez goes for goal from distance, but his effort is too central and Hennessey is able to make the save without much difficulty.

41′ WIDE! The ball comes out to Levitt around 20 yards from goal and he swipes at it first-time, but his sliced effort spins narrowly past the top-right corner!

39′ A Mexico free-kick from the right is whipped dangerously towards the back post and it loops goalwards off the knee of Lawrence, but Hennessey spares his team-mate’s blushes and catches the ball.

37′ Matondo gets down the right and whips in a dangerous cross, but it just evades Moore in the middle and Mexico hack clear.

35′ WIDE! Corona shows great balance as he twists and wriggles away from Cabango down the left side of the box, getting to the byline before going for goal from a tight angle, but he bends it wide of the far corner!

33′ Mexico are consistently looking for those long, penetrative passes, particularly down their left side. It hasn’t quite come off yet, but the intention is there and it’s looking like a dangerous route to goal.

31′ Gallardo is sent racing away down the left after a superb ball in behind, but Hennessey once again just gets there in time and slides in to clear away!

29′ Lozano races towards a ball over the top into space, but he just can’t get there ahead of Hennessey, who gathers it and snuffs out the danger.

27′ Wales catch Gallardo offside – they’re holding a good line and have looked in sync so far tonight.

25′ Lozano is looking very isolated up front. He’s struggling to affect the game as the visitors’ focal point – Mexico as a unit are missing Wolves’ Raul Jimenez, who is still making his way back from a serious head injury.

23′ Mexico are working it around neatly enough but they’re lacking a cutting edge in the final third. They just can’t quite carve the hosts open.

21′ Wales’ game-plan is clear – and has thus far proven effective. The hosts are ceding possession but looking to break with purpose and numbers when they do have the ball. 

19′ A scrappy spell ensues, with a couple of fouls disrupting the flow of the game and interrupting Mexico’s rhythm in possession.

17′ Smith floats a corner in from the right that isn’t dealt with and it drops to Lawrence near the byline, but he’s blocked off and Mexico eventually get it clear. The visitors haven’t been convincing in their defensive aerial duels.

15′ Mexico have been very much on the front foot since conceding. They seem keen to make amends as soon as possible and have dominated the ball in the early stages of the game.

13′ Moore has now scored five goals in 14 appearances for Wales, at least two more than any other Welshman since his debut in September 2019.

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11′ Wales put together a lovely, flowing move down the right featuring quick interchanges and sharp movement, and Williams’ final ball into Moore was excellent, allowing the striker to set himself and place the ball past Ochoa.

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11′ GOAL!! WALES TAKE THE LEAD!! The corner is half-cleared and Smith delivers it back into the box, but Ochoa punches away instead of claiming the cross. It’s worked back down the right once more and a series of neat interchanges sees Roberts feed Williams in the box, who turns and fizzes a low to ball into the feet of Moore, who takes one touch and pokes it into the far corner from six yards out! It’s 1-0 to Wales!

9′ Wales win a corner of their own down the right as they exert some pressure of their own on the Mexico goal, with Williams looking bright on that side.

7′ WIDE! Matondo is forced to chest awkwardly behind after a dangerous cross is delivered from the left, and the resulting corner is flicked towards the near post by Herrera, but the effort doesn’t trouble Hennessey and bounces wide.

5′ Lawrence is left on the ground in some discomfort after a coming-together with Rodriguez on the left wing. There’s a brief pause as the referee checks on the Welshman, but he eventually gets to his feet and is able to carry on.

3′ NO PENALTY! Lozano is sent scampering into the box down the right after a neat ball over the top, but Cabango is there to block the forward off. Lozano ends up going to ground under pressure from the Wales defender, but nothing is given and the referee waves play on.

1′ We’re underway in Cardiff!

Mexico have never played away against Wales, with the other four matches played in the USA (twice), Mexico and Sweden, with the latter a 1-1 draw in the 1958 World Cup.

This is the fifth meeting between Wales and Mexico, with Wales yet to register a victory in the previous four encounters (D2 L2).

Meanwhile, only four players to have started Mexico’s last match – a 2-0 friendly victory over Japan – keep their places this time around. Ochoa, Gallardo, Pineda and Lozano start once more, but the rest of the team is altered.

There are wholesale changes for Wales following their 3-1 defeat against Belgium in their opening World Cup Qualifying fixture as caretaker boss Rob Page rests his first-choice team ahead of their encounter with the Czech Republic.

Mexico substitutes: Diego Lainez, Jorge Sanchez, Gerardo Arteaga, Jonathan dos Santos, Luis Romo, Hector Moreno, Jonathan Orozco, Efrain Alvarez, Alfredo Talavera, Erick Gutierrez, Alan Pulido, Rodolfo Pizarro.

Mexico XI (4-2-3-1): Guillermo Ochoa; Luis Rodriguez, Cesar Montes, Edson Alvarez, Jesus Gallardo; Hector Herrera, Carlos Salcedo; Jesus Corona, Orbelin Pineda, Andres Guardado; Hirving Lozano.

Wales substitutes: Tom King, Adam Davies, Neco Williams, Joe Rodon, Hal Robson-Kanu, Gareth Bale, Connor Roberts, Ethan Ampadu, Joe Morrell, Joshua Sheehan, Brandon Cooper, Brennan Johnson.

Wales XI (3-4-3): Wayne Hennessey; Chris Gunter, Benjamin Cabango, Rhys Norrington-Davies; Jonny Williams, Matt Smith, Dylan Levitt, Tom Lawrence; Tyler Roberts, Kieffer Moore, Rabbi Matondo.

Wales come into this game having just begun their World Cup Qualifying campaign, whilst Mexico take to the field for the first time this calendar year.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the international friendly fixture between Wales and Mexico at the Cardiff City Stadium.

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