Mexico beats Hungary in friendly

December 15, 2005

PHOENIX -- Francisco Fonseca and Joel Huiqui both scored goals in each half and Mexico beat Hungary 2-0 Wednesday night in an exhibition match.

The win was the first in seven games against a European team for Mexico since Ricardo La Volpe took over as national coach after the 2002 World Cup.

The exhibition was part of the Mexico's five-game U.S. tour in preparation for the World Cup in Germany next year.

Fonseca scored on a header from about 10 yards out in the 32nd minute. Juan Pablo Rodriguez crossed the ball to Fonseca off a corner kick and Fonseca outjumped a pair of Hungarian defenders to put the ball in the net, to the right of Hungarian goalkeeper Balazs Rabockzki.

In the 52nd minute, Rodriguez took a free kick to the far left of the goal that Huiqui deflected with the outside of his left foot.

The Hungarians played all but the first 10 minutes of the game a man down after Denes Rosa was ejected for kicking a Mexican player during a fight for possession at midfield.

The European team, which finished fourth in its six-nation group during World Cup qualifying, had few chances. Mexico controlled the ball much of the game, outshooting Hungary 14-3.

It was the last game of the year for Mexico, one of the eight seeded teams for next summer's World Cup. Hungary did not qualify for the World Cup.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press