It just had to be Carlos Vela. Back playing for Mexico for the first time since 2011, the Real Sociedad striker scored twice as Miguel Herrera’s side took revenge for their World Cup defeat at the hands of the Netherlands.
It took just 8 minutes for Carlos Vela to send a reminder to El Tri fans of his worth as he sent a wonderful left footed shot whistling past Tim Krul and into the top corner to give Mexico an early lead. Any suggestion of possible resentment from his teammates after his refusal to play was quickly quashed as the 25-year-old was mobbed in celebration of the goal.
Wesley Sneijder equalised for the Dutch just after the break with a superb long range volley but the match belonged to Vela.
Just after the hour mark, Vela controlled the impressive Javier Hernandez’s lofted through pass and rifled the ball under Krul to reestablish the advantage.
Five minutes later, Hernandez extended the lead when he evaded the offside trap before rounding Krul to add the third.
Daley Blind’s deflected strike got one back for the Netherlands but Mexico held on for the deserved victory. A win in a friendly of course is not quite revenge after getting knocked out of the World Cup but Mexico will have a renewed confidence about them. If Carlos Vela remains happy and motivated, El Tri will look a completely different proposition.
Netherlands 2 – 3 Mexico