Report: Iraq 1-1 Mexico

first_imgU17 World Cup: Iraq 1-1 Mexico – Lion Cubs hold Los Niños Héroes to a frustrating draw Shivayan Roy Kolkata Last updated 2 years ago 23:00 10/8/17 Iraq U17 Mexico U17 Jan Kruger – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Iraq kicked off proceedings against Southern American giants Mexico in the second offering at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata. Mexico U-17 were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Iraq U-17 in their Group F match in Kolkata on Sunday.Mexico started off brightly, putting the pressure on Iraq early on with winger Diego Lainez proving to be quite a handful for the Iraq back four.In the 16th minute, Iraq opened the scoring completely against the run of play when their captain Mohammed Ridha played forward a precise through ball to find their frontman Mohammed Dawood who rounded up the Mexican keeper Lopez to give the West Asian side the lead.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The Mexicans threatened again from the restart and almost equalised in the 30th minute when a cross whipped in by Lainez found De La Rosa unmarked in the box only for him to hit the woodwork.Iraq almost doubled their lead in the very next minute when goalscorer Dawood got on the end of another great through ball from Albaqer but this time the striker could not finish off the opportunity. Iraq did well to soak up pressure from Mexico towards the end of the first half and managed to go into the second half with a slender one-goal lead. Iraq had a golden opportunity at the start of the second half when a defensive lapse from the Mexicans allowed Iraq captain Mohammed Ridha through on goal but a goal-line clearance from the Mexican centre back Raul Sandoval made sure that the scoreline remained 1-0. Iraq rued missing their opportunities as in the 51st minute Mexico’s Roberto De La Rosa slotted the ball past the keeper to bring Mexico back in the game. From there on Mexico had the lions share of possession with winger Diego Lainez coming close to scoring multiple times for the Los Niños Héroes but failed to find a way past the resilient Iraq defence. In the end, Iraq looked to be playing for a draw and will be happy with one point. Mexico, on the other hand, will not be too pleased about dropping points as they face a rampant England up next. read morelast_img

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