México began their World Cup preparations with a comfortable 3-0 win over Israel last night inside a packed Estadio Azteca. Wing-back, Miguel Layún scored a brace and Marco Fabián added a third late on to give Miguel Herrera’s side a winning start to their warm ups.
The match had a slight testimonial edge to it given that El Tri gave 41-year-old, Cuauhtémoc Blanco a start up front but there were valuable minutes for a number of important players.
Layún scored from outside the box either side of half time, helped in part by some pretty dreadful goalkeeping from Ariel Harush. The marauding wing backs ability to cut inside and shoot from distance is a valuable weapon for Herrera and it is easy to see why there is reported interest from the likes of Fiorentina.
There was a scare in the second half as Jesús Corona was stretchered off after a hefty collision with Maza Rodríguez but the medical team have since said that the keeper will travel with the squad to San Antonio for the next friendly against Ecuador.
In the 83rd minute, Marco Fabián completed the victory, diverting in Alan Pulido’s cross.