Rafael Marquez fires, Chicharito fails as Mexico squander lead vs. Argentina
Mexico were just minutes away from a historic win over Argentina in Texas on Tuesday night, giving up two late goals to lead to a 2-2 result at AT&T Stadium. Although the scoreline is bittersweet for many fans, El Tri supporters must recognize the fact that the squad had looked like the better side throughout most of the match.
Late substitutions ruined the momentum that the Mexican team had, and allowed the two goals which squandered the chance for a surprise victory.
In the end, the draw is still a good omen for the national team, who will face the United States in a Confederations Cup playoff match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Oct. 10.
Player Ratings: (1-10, with 10 the best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Moises Munoz, 7 -- Despite allowing two late goals, Moises Munoz was arguably one of the best players on the pitch for Mexico. The Club America player surpassed expectations and had multiple key saves. Will the 35-year-old start in goals against the United States next month?
DF Israel Jimenez, 5.5 -- Good initial attacking movement from Jimenez, but the defender gradually became quiet as the game progressed. Did little to solidify a spot in Mexico's starting XI.
DF Diego Reyes, 7 -- Much better game for Diego Reyes, in comparison to his previous performance against Trinidad & Tobago. The youngster halted Argentina's attack and worked well with Rafael Marquez and Hector Moreno.
DF Rafael Marquez, 8 -- One of the best players for Mexico. Marquez was the absolute leader in the defense and provided excellent passes going forward. The 36-year-old has justified another call-up next month for the Confederations Cup playoff.
DF Hector Moreno, 7 -- Like Marquez and Reyes, Moreno worked well defensively for El Tri. The PSV Eindhoven player seems back to his regular form and should undoubtedly be a starter against the United States.
DF Miguel Layun, 5.5 -- Although Layun provided the assist for Hector Herrera's goal, the wing-back was ultimately too reserved in the game. Layun had little influence going forward and did little defensively.
MF Hector Herrera, 7 -- Herrera scored Mexico's second goal and nearly had an assist during the first half. He is slowly finding his rhythm with El Tri and has now scored in two games in a row for the squad.
MF Jose Juan Vazquez, 8 -- Jose Juan Vazquez did plenty of the dirty work in the midfield and was fantastic with his ball distribution. The 27-year-old continues to be an important member of the starting XI with his disruptive midfield presence.
MF Andres Guardado, 7.5 -- Guardado is a clear leader on the field and was impressive with his interceptions. The veteran nearly had a game-winner late in the match but his long shot was wide of the Argentine net.
FW Raul Jimenez, 7 -- Raul Jimenez had an active presence in the attack and drew the foul which lead to Mexico's first goal of the match. The 24-year-old was tireless with his movement and passing.
FW Javier Hernandez, 5 -- The unfortunate truth about Javier Hernandez is that even after he scored the penalty kick, he was still El Tri's worst player of the game. The striker missed numerous opportunities and could have solidified the win with one of his multiple chances.
DF Jorge Torres Nilo, 6 -- Was substituted in for Vazquez during the 67th minute. Little work for Torres Nilo in the defensive area for Mexico. The wing-back still appears to be a second option behind Layun.
FW Carlos Vela, N/A -- Was substituted in for Hernandez during the 78th minute. His cameo appearance proved to have no true effect with his limited time.
MF Jesus Duenas, N/A -- Was substituted in for Herrera during the 82nd minute. The 26-year-old was poor with his attacking movement and gave up plenty of space in the midfield.
DF Oswaldo Alanis, N/A -- Was substituted in for Marquez during the 86th minute. Alanis immediately failed his test after partially being at fault for Argentina's second goal.
Cesar Hernandez covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @cesarhfutbol.