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Nov 19, 2014

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...

Nov 19, 2014

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...

Nov 18, 2014

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...

By ESPN Staff
Nov 18, 2014

WATCH: Slick skill from Gordeychuk

Belarus' Mikhail Gordeychuk showcased his talent in a 3-2 international friendly win over Mexico.

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Nov 18, 2014

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...