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Mexico Crush Kiwis

Mexico all but ended New Zealand’s World Cup dream when they totally annihilated the Kiwi’s 5-1 at the Estadio Azteca in their first leg play-off match up.

The Mexicans completely dominated the game from the onset and had majority of the possession with the New Zealanders struggling to keep hold of the ball or create many clear-cut goal scoring opportunities.

The one-sided affair saw Mexico goalkeeper Moises Muñoz Rodriguez not make a save throughout the 90 minutes and he only had to pick the ball out of his net when Christian James scored a late consolation goal for the visitors.

Glen Moss the Kiwis keeper was called into action in the 18th minute, when he saved an effort from Raúl Jiménez who had latched onto a headed flick-on from Paul Aguilar.

The winner of Oceania's World Cup qualifying group had their first shot at goal with just over 20 minutes on the clock through Chris Wood, but the strikers shot from outside the box went over the bar.

Mexico then scored the opener through Paul Aguilar on the half-hour mark, when he found the bottom corner with his left-footed shot.

10 minutes later and the Mexican’s doubled their advantage when Raúl Jiménez got his head on the end of a Carlos Peña flick-on following a corner to take the hosts into the half-time break 2-0 up.

El Tri did not have to wait long to get on the score-sheet once more, Oribe Peralta finding the bottom corner with his shot just three minutes into the second period.

Three goals were then scored in a frantic final period, Oribe Peralta grabbing a second in the 80th minute before veteran defender Rafael Márquez heading home Mexico’s fifth following a Jesús Escoboza corner four minutes later.

Second-half substitute Christian James then gave the New Zealanders something to smile about, scoring a minute after Mexico’s fifth but it was a little too late as the Oceania Group winners will need a miracle to qualify for Brazil.

Shock Gold Cup Defeat For Mexico

Group A: Mexico

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