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By ESPN Staff

Eriksson finds positives in latest Mexico defeat

Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson insists there were many positives to be taken from their 1-0 friendly defeat to Sweden.

Alexander Farnerud scored the only goal in what was Mexico's last warm-up match before the final stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying zone gets under way next month.

It was a surprise result in California but Eriksson refused to be downbeat.

"Not everything was negative," said the Swede. "There were a lot of positive things.

"I liked the attitude, it was a great game and it helped me clarify certain things.

"We had some chances to score, we fought a lot and we still have two weeks ahead of us before facing and trying to beat the United States."

Mexico travel to the United States on February 11 for the first round of the final qualifying stage and Eriksson remains confident about El Tri's chances.

"Of course we can win the first game of the qualifiers," he continued.

"It will be difficult. It will be a tough match and we know that. History is also on their side, but we'll work with optimism.

"Following on from today's game, I think we should try and score as soon as we get the chance and try to create more openings from that.

"We had some mistakes in defence and one of them cost us the goal. This situation will help youngsters learn."


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