HOUSTON, June 15 (Reuters) - Mexico began their World Cup qualifying campaign with an unconvincing 2-0 win over Belize on Sunday.
Belize's amateurs, facing their neighbours for the first
time, held out for over an hour before Carlos Vela and a Jared
Borgetti penalty saved Mexico.
'We faced a team who were well organised at the back,'
Borgetti, Mexico's record scorer, told Mexico's TV Azteca after
notching his 44th international goal.
The match, a second preliminary round first leg tie, was
played in Houston as Belize, technically the home side, do not
have a stadium which meets FIFA requirements.
The return will be in Monterrey on Saturday.
Mexico, who will be coached by former England manager
Sven-Goran Eriksson after the second leg, forced only two saves
from Belize goalkeeper Shane Orio in the first half.
Orio stopped an Andres Guardado effort in the 25th minute
and another from Fernando Arce just before halftime.
Osasuna striker Vela opened the scoring in the 62nd minute
from a rebound after Luis Perez's shot hit the post.
Borgetti added the second in the second minute of
stoppage-time, sending Orio the wrong way from the penalty spot
after a foul on Arce.