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Mexico can learn from loss to Belarus

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A 'checkmate' in Belarus

Mexico manager Miguel Herrera unleashed four attackers against Belarus in the final 10 minutes.

Miguel Herrera could have learned a marvelous lesson on Tuesday evening in Borisov, Belarus. You can play a lot of things with the Belarusians, but you can't beat them at chess.

There comes a time in the life of a manager when he believes his decisions, his sense and his intelligence are above everything else. He feels untouchable and powerful, capable of creating, of coming up with something new and marvelous on a field where everything seems to have been experienced and created already. Miguel...

Losing to Belarus is not all that bad

ESPN FC's Alex de la Rosa explains there are many improvements Mexico still need to make following their 2-3 loss to Belarus.

I have an unusual theory: I believe it is important for Mexico to lose friendlies if they want to succeed.

This doesn't make sense, I know.

How can a team flourish if they are losing? How could a team make progress if they are faltering? Let me explain.

El Tri can't get comfortable; they honestly can't. If they want to remain as a group stage or round of 16 contender of the World Cup, that's fine, they can remain comfortable. However, if the national team wants to continue growing, they must strive...

A week's worth of watching the international 'week of football'

The ESPN FC team discuss Tuesday's international friendlies, including Scotland's loss at home to England and what the United States need to do to get back on track.

With the novelty of the "Week of Football" wearing off, ESPN FC asked Iain Macintosh to watch as many games as he possibly could and tell us whether he still thought it was a good idea at the end. Here's what he made of it all. -- FC editors

Wednesday, Nov. 12

Turkey vs. Brazil

For some reason impossible to comprehend, British broadcasters have no interest in a relatively meaningless exhibition game between two foreign nations, but we are made of sturdy stuff at ESPN FC, and lights are cast upon...

Mexico defence prime suspects in letdown loss to Belarus

Belarus and Mexico combined for four goals in seven minutes in the second half with the hosts getting the winner with nine minutes left in regulation.

It didn't take long for the euphoria of Mexico's 3-2 win over the Netherlands to dissipate in the frigid air of Minsk, Belarus. The irony of the identical scoreline in the loss to the nation ranked 106 by FIFA was only one of the many sobering elements of the game for El Tri.

The defeat overshadowed some important positive aspects for Mexico, however. Raul Jimenez, for example, showed that he hasn't yet succumbed completely to the rust generated from his lack of play with his club side Atletico...

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Miguel Herrera says Mexico lacked concentration in loss to Belarus

ESPN FC's Alex de la Rosa explains there are many improvements Mexico still need to make following their 2-3 loss to Belarus.

Mexico coach Miguel Herrera could not hide his anger after Belarus ended El Tri's five-game unbeaten streak on Tuesday with a 3-2 friendly win.

Raul Jimenez twice put Mexico in front but Belarus responded swiftly on both occasions. Sergei Kislyak scored on the rebound after a penalty before debutant Nikolai Signevich headed in Belarus' second equalizer.

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Mexico struggled in sub-zero conditions at the Borisov Arena and went down to an 81st-minute goal from Pavel Nyakhaychyk.

Herrera stressed that...