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Live Updates: Socceroos vs Mexico in the Football Internationals 2023 – FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier: Scores, Teams, and Lineups


Sep 10, 2023

The Socceroos played a 2-2 draw with Mexico in a friendly match in Dallas. The Australian team took an early lead with a goal from Harry Souttar in the 16th minute. They impressed with their counter-attacking style in the first half. However, Mexico came back in the second half and scored two goals due to defensive errors from the Socceroos. The match was intense, with both teams having penalty opportunities. Australia’s Martin Boyle converted a penalty to give them a two-goal lead, but Mexico’s Raul Jimenez also scored from the spot. The game ended in a draw with a late goal from Mexico’s Cesar Huerta. The Socceroos also suffered two injuries during the game.

The friendly match was an opportunity for the Socceroos to prepare for the 2026 World Cup, which will be held in Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It allowed them to acclimate to playing in North America. The game also provided a chance for the young Australian team to gain experience and build chemistry before World Cup qualifying matches in November and the Asian Cup in Qatar in January.

Coach Graham Arnold used the match to test different midfield combinations after the retirement of Aaron Mooy. He also gave a starting debut to Cameron Burgess in defense alongside Harry Souttar. Despite Souttar’s lack of playing time at Leicester City, he opened the scoring for Australia with a header. Arnold had encouraged Souttar to use the match as an opportunity to prove himself to his club.

After a shaky start on the artificial pitch, the Socceroos settled into the game and began to stretch and strain the Mexico defense with their counter-attacks. Jackson Irvine was particularly impressive in midfield, both in winning possession and distributing the ball. Australia continued to pressure Mexico in the first half, but the opponents struggled to create strong chances. They had their first shot on target in the 36th minute after a back-heel pass into the box. The Socceroos had to defend against Mexico’s pressure and numerous corners.

In the second half, Mexico came out with renewed intensity and won a penalty early on, but failed to convert. Australia, on the other hand, scored a penalty of their own with Martin Boyle finding the back of the net. However, Mexico was awarded another penalty shortly after and Raul Jimenez made no mistake. The Socceroos defended well but suffered a calamitous mistake from Souttar in the 84th minute, leading to Mexico’s equalizer. To make matters worse, Australia also had to deal with two injuries during the second half.

Overall, the match was a learning experience for the Socceroos and a chance for the team to work on their tactics and chemistry. Despite the defensive errors and injuries, the game provided valuable lessons for the young Australian squad.

By Editor

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