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Mexico 1-1 Denmark: Penalties all around as Mexico draws 2013 opener

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Tom Marshall: Working through Mexico’s attacking options
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Tom Marshall: Working through Mexico’s attacking options

El Tri put in a good performance on Wednesday night against Denmark, but didn't obtain the auspicious start to a vital year that the FMF might have hoped for.

After a scoreless opening 45, a pair of second-half penalties saw El Tri and Ligalandsholdet share the spoils in a 1-1 dectsion at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Mexico had the rub of the green in the opening three-quarters of an hour and there was little evidence of the verve the Danes displayed against Canada. The relatively strong Mexico side, led by national team captain Maza Rodriguez, kept the Danes to a solitary shot in the first half.

El Tri looked a little better, but couldn't find the back of the net either. The best Mexican chance of the first half came just after the half-hour mark, when Denmark defender Kris Stadsgaard nearly deflected Angel Reyna's cross into his own net, only to be bailed out by the post.

Mexico finally found the game's first goal in the 68th minute. Javier Aquino went down in (just outside?) the box under heavy pressure from Mikkel Kirkeskov, and Marco Fabian converted the opportunity to put El Tri on top.

Denmark leveled the score in the 84rd minute. Andreas Cornelius, Denmark's teenage hat trick hero against Canada, went down under pressure from Jorge Torres Nilo, and stepped up to coolly slot his spot kick into the low corner, wrong-footing El Tri debutant Cirilo Saucedo.

Despite the result, one group of Mexican fans will have reason to cheer, as Saucedo and Fernando Arce became the first players from Liga MX champion Club Tijuana to represent the Mexican national team.

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