Miguel Herrera may have wanted to experiment with the depth of his squad but if the friendly in Belarus proved anything it is that there is plenty of work to do ahead of 2015. Missing key players in defence and midfield, El Tri were made to look very fragile by an ordinary Belarus side and defensive errors led to a 3-2 defeat in Borisov.
México failed to click throughout the freezing first half and other than a strong penalty claim after Gio dos Santos was clipped there was little to note in the opening 45 minutes.
Just minutes into the second half came perhaps the one bright spark in the match as Jonathan dos Santos juggled the ball on the edge of the Belarus penalty box before clipping a superb ball over the top for Raúl Jiménez to open the scoring.
Belarus immediately responded and although Alfredo Talavera kept out Sergei Kislyak’s penalty, the ball fell kindly for the player to smash in the equaliser.
Jiménez poked El Tri back in front before further lapses allowed goals from Nikolai Signevich and Pavel Nekhajchik to seal a disappointing evening. The ending of México’s unbeaten run is a signal of work to do for Miguel Herrera and his squad ahead of a busy 2015 schedule.
Belarus 3 – 2 México