Soccer  > General Soccer  > Chicharito extends streak, Spain rallies to draw Mexico
August 11, 2010, 09:08 PM
MEXICO CITY - Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez scored for a sixth straight match Wednesday, giving Mexico a 1-1 draw with World Cup champion Spain in the first game for both since South Africa.

David Silva rallied Spain with a goal 71 seconds into second-half injury time, salvaging pride for the world champion.

Chicharito, who transferred from Chivas Guadalajara to Manchester United following the World Cup, tallied in the 12th minute to extend a streak that started with Mexico's 3-1 loss to Argentina in South Africa, and included goals in four club friendlies.

Spain created several chances late and finally equalized when Silva ran onto a ball from Xavi Hernandez, took one touch into the area and finished with a right-footed strike past second-half substitute keeper Jose de Jesus Corona.

Both teams used largely veterans from the World Cup, with Mexico calling on 14 of its roster from the quadrennial championship and Spain using 18 from the title winning squad.

Mexico was denied a second win in 11 meetings against Spain, which has won six times since the two first met in 1928.

Mexico was under the direction of Cruz Azul manager Enrique Meza, who replaced Javier Aguirre after he resigned upon the team's return from Africa. Meza was to yield to Chivas vice president Efrain Flores as the interim manager.

Mexico has matches scheduled for September 4 against Chile and three days later against Colombia, and another potential game in October.

Chicharito converted on the first real chance for either side when Andres Guardado sent a ball out of the midfield behind the Spanish back line toward Alejandro Vela, who was offside but ran laterally out of the play. Chicharito then ran unmarked on to the ball and dribbled to just outside the penalty area, finishing with a low-right footed shot past Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas into the opposite side netting.

Mexico had more possession and were denied a second goal in the 32nd minute when a ball squirted loose from the top of the Spanish area to Rafael Marquez, who stuck the ball low first-time from the arc and forced Casillas to dive to his left to push it around the post.

Spain's best moment in the first half came two minutes earlier when Fernando Llorente worked his way laterally to unleash a left-footed strike from 28 meters that crashed off the bar.

"La Furia Roja" (Red Fury) made eight changes in the second half while Mexico countered with seven of its own, including Elias Hernandez who replaced Giovani Dos Santos in the 65th minute to make his debut for El Tri.

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