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Mexico Wins Second Straight World Cup Victory - 2002-06-09


Mexico has won its second straight World Cup victory, as it battled back from a 1-0 deficit to beat Ecuador 2-1 in Miyagi on Sunday. The favored Mexicans got off to a rocky start.

Ecuador did not wait long to score its first-ever goal in the World Cup finals, as Augustin Delgado headed a perfect cross past Mexican keeper Oscar Perez in the fifth-minute.

After the goal the speedy Mexicans dominated the ball, but could not mount a successful scoring attack until the 27th minute. Jared Borgetti chipped-in the equalizer on a cross from Ramon Morales, and the first half ended tied at one-each.

Mexico took control again in the second half and took the 2-1 lead in the 57th minute, when Gerardo Torrado drove a left-footed strike into the net from just outside the box. Ecuador had several chances to equalize in the final 20 minutes, but was unable to convert.

Mexico moves to the top of Group-G with six points, while the loss ends Ecuador's chances of moving on. Croatia and Italy are still hoping to advance from the group with three points each.

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