Arsenal prospect Carlos Vela had a frustrating night, as he lost with his native Mexico against Lionel Messi and the very strong Argentina side at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego in a international friendly with a final score of 1:4. Vela tried his best to produce something with making good runs, but finally he was unlucky with the final finish. He played the full 90 minutes, as Mexico had absolutely no chance against the clever performance of Argentina. Barcelona player Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid starlet Sergio Aguero impressed in the match with great performances.
It was a great atmosphere at the Qualcomm Stadium, as Mexico had the opening opportunity, as Carlos Vela missed to put the Mexicans in front in the seventh minute, as he recieved a through ball from Deportivo player Andres Guardado and beat two defenders showing his pace and technique, but missed the target just wide from a difficult angle.
But it was Argentina who took the lead after 11 minutes, as Nicolas Burdisso finished a Maxi Rodriguez free-kick.
7 minutes later Argentina made it a second goal, as Lionel Messi sent a close range shot in the net, after a brilliant combination with Sergio Aguero and Julio Cruz.
With 29 minutes gone in San Diego, and goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez was taking the ball again out of the net, as Maxi Rodriguez took advantage of a favourable deflection and shot the ball into the net.
With the score at 3:0 for Argentina, both teams made their way back into the changing rooms at the Qualcomm Stadium. Mexico’s supporter’s were shocked about the half time score, because they thought the scorelined had flattered Argentina.
Mexico got their deserved goal after 62 minutes as Antonio Naelson “Zinha” netted a effort into the net, but the goal was answered just 8 Minutes later by Sergio Aguero as he finished from a delivery from Lionel Messi.
The match finished then with another opportunity for Mexico with just 4 minutes on the game clock, as Carlos Vela missed the target with a header from 5 yards.
The scoreline definately flattered the Argentines with Mexico having their fair share of possesion in this match, but Argentina was the the better team in front of the goal. Carlos had two good opportunities, especially the one in the 7th minute, but finally it was a very frustrating night for Carlos, Mexico and all their supporters.
Vela should look forward with his teammates for the next friendly against Peru in Chicago.
Article by – A. Zimmermann