Friendlies: Peru and Mexico get comprehensive victories against European dark horses

Peru are back in the World Cup after 36 years.


In the International break, two Latin American countries have secured resounding wins over European opponents in their respective friendlies in USA.

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Layun in action for Mexico

Peru 2 Croatia 0

Peru met Croatia in Miami, Florida and two sides have qualified for the World Cup in Russia. The match was supposed to be a balanced encounter as a rejuvenated Peru were expected to fight against a top quality Croatia side.


A mistake in Croatia defense led to the first goal of the Peruvians as Carrillo took the advantage of that and his long shot took a deflection and beat Subasic in goal. Flores doubled the South Americans advantage three minutes after restart and it was how the game ended despite of the Peruvians going down to ten men after Yotun was shown a second yellow on the 74th minute.

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Croatia won’t be happy with their performance as they fielded a strong squad that consisted Modric, Mandzukic, Rakitic and Perisic. They face Mexico in their next fixture.


Mexico 3 Iceland 0

The EURO 2016 Quarter Finalists Iceland succumbed to a hefty defeat in the hands of Mexico as El Tri were comfortable winners 3-0 in California.

Mexico manager Juan Osorio went with a second string side while the Iceland team was also missing their talisman Glyfi Sigurdsson.

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Fabian scored a stunning goal for Mexico

Marco Fabian scored a free kick exquisitely to open the scoring for Los Mexicanos in the first half. Mexico’s newest young prospect, current PSV player Hirving Lozano came on as a second half substitute and provided a great ball to Miguel Layun, who made no mistake to make it a two goal advantage for Mexico. Layun added his second of the night in the added time to complete the scoring in emphatic style. The Sevilla defender beat the keeper from a long way out who was off his line and couldn’t get back on time.