16 de junio de 2008


Mexico squad defeats Belize 2-0 in World Cup qualifying match
HOUSTON — Jared Borgetti scored on a penalty kick during stoppage time to help Mexico outlast Belize 2-0 in the second round of World Cup qualifying Sunday.
Carlos Vela took a deflection off a missed shot by Luis Perez and kicked it in from two yards out for the game's first goal in the 66th minute.
The final game of the two-game aggregate series will be played in Monterrey, Mexico, on Saturday.
Belize, ranked No. 172 in the world, was a huge underdog to 14th-ranked Mexico. But Belize didn't play that way the first half, with its defence consistently turning back Mexico's surges en route to a scoreless tie at the break.
Belize goalkeeper Shane Orio blocked three shots the first 25 minutes, including a leaping block of a power shot up the middle by Andres Guardado. Orio also stopped a close-in shot from the right side by Fernando Arce in the 39th minute.
Still Mexico was dominant in controlling the game, taking 12 shots the first half to only one by Belize. Mexico also had 11 corner kicks to one by Belize the first half.
Belize, playing in the second round of qualifying for the first time ever, got another dramatic save in the 71st minute when Orio was taken out of the play and Trevor Lennen went into the goal to kick out a short shot at the last second.
But Belize had almost no offence as it managed only three shots on goal the entire game.

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