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Soccer Round Up: Mexico, USMNT, Argentina Fall


Yesterday was a great day if you’re a soccer fan. A match was on just about every moment thanks in large part to the Euro 2012 qualifiers. Germany defeated Belgium 3-1 (you can watch highlights here, including the beautiful Mesut Ozil goal), Spain handled Scotland 3-1, and, shockingly, Portugal fell to Denmark 2-1. Portugal’s defeat means that the Iberian squad can no longer qualify for the Euro 2012 tournament.

On this side of the Atlantic, Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, the United States men’s national team, and Mexico all had matches.

First Argentina-Venezuela. Unlike the other squads listed above, the match between these two teams held some weight. La albiceleste and la vinotinta’s encounter doubled as a World Cup qualifier. Much to everyone’s surprise, Venezuela pulled the upset thanks to a 61st header by Fernando Amorebieta. Perhaps more shocking that Messi & Co. fell short against their fellow South American team is the fact that this marks the first time in the history of everything that Venezuela beats Argentina. Watch Amorebieta’s goal below:

Elsewhere, the USMNT tried to get their second win under  Jürgen Klinsmann era but Ecuador wasn’t having any of it. The U.S. dominated the offensive side of things, outshooting their opponents 18-5. Unfortunately, only five of America’s shots were on target. Ecuador, on the other hand, made their sole shot on target count. Jaime Javier Ayoví Corozo’s (say that five times) was enough to deflate the USMNT.

And then there was Mexico-Brazil. The friendly doubled as a goodbye party for goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez, who was making his 100th and final appearances for El Tri. He played well enough, not conceding a goal for nearly 80 minutes. But then Ronaldinho summoned a younger version of himself and scored a beautiful free kick goal in the 79th goal to tie things up at one (Mexico’s only score was an own goal that happened in the 12th minute). After playing with a lackluster intensity, Brazil turned it up to 11 in the waning minutes and scored four minutes later. Earlier in the match, Mexico’s Andres Guardado missed a penalty kick. Watch highlights below:

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