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Monday, March 28, 2011

Mexico beat Paraguay as Marquez wins 100th cap


Striker Javier Hernandez scored twice as Mexico, with Rafael Marquez winning his 100th cap, beat Paraguay 3-1 in a friendly at the Alameda County Coliseum on Saturday.

It was Mexico's second win in as many matches under new coach Jose Manuel de la Torre, whose team beat Bosnia 2-0 last month.

Andres Guardado scored the other goal in California as Mexico beat their South American opponents for the second time in a row after a 6-0 rout at the 2007 Copa America in Venezuela.

All three of Mexico's goals were scored in the first half with "Chicharito" Hernandez opening his account with a header in the seventh minute from midfielder Pablo Barrera's right cross.

Guardado then took a pass from captain Marquez — who was given a statuette and a Mexico shirt with the number 100 on the back in a ceremony before kickoff — and scored with a fierce left-footed drive in the 28th minute.

Hernandez found the net again in the 34th after a one-two with midfielder Gerardo Torrado.

Midfielder Christian Riveros scored a consolation goal for 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists Paraguay in the 87th minute from substitute Hernan Perez's cross.

Mexico are preparing to defend their CONCACAF Gold Cup title in the United States in June, while Paraguay will play the Copa America in Argentina in July.


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