Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Monday, June 17, 2002

US Advances into Quarter-final by 2-0 Win over Mexico

The United States, a country without any soccer fever, suprisingly advanced to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals by upsetting old rivals Mexico Monday in their second round clash, to move into a quarter-final match-up with Germany.


US Advances into Quarter-final by 2-0 Win over Mexico
Despite persistent Mexican pressure, the United States beated their continental rivals 2-0 in Chouju, South Korea, to move into a quarter-final match-up with Germany.

It was a cool performance by the Americans, who struck well on the counter-attack and killed off the match through Landon Donovan's header in the 65th minute.

Donovan darted into the box and headed in the flash cross from the right, which was the second goal for the American in this World Cup.

US Forward Brian Mcbride scored a goal in the 8th minute, giving his side a 1-0 lead over Mexico.

Seeing a brilliant teamwork down the right, Mcbride who stood in the box clearly got the timely back pass and sent it into the net without any suspense or difficulty. This was also the second goal for Mcbride in this World Cup.

The Mexicans dominated the match with almost 67 percent of ball possession but squandered many opportunities.

In the 16th minute, Mexico's defender Ramon Morales beat two U.S. defenders on the edge of the box but his volley flew narrowly wide.

In the 25th, Mexico's ace striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco fired a long-range shot directly to the US goalkeeper Brad Friedel who knocked the ball out with no hesitation.

Mexico coach Javier Aguirre introduced veteran forward Luis Hernandez in the 28th minute in place of midfielder Ramon Morales.

In the 35th, taking advantage of the consecutive mistakes made by a US defender and the goalkeeper, Blanco fired a scoring shotin a melee in the box but Friedel made an incredible save to tipped the ball over the bar.

In the 37th, US forward Josh Wolff missed a chance to add a goal in the area, in which his close-range blast was brushed off by Mexico's keeper Oscar Perez.

At the beginning of the second half, the Mexicans rallied to launch waves of fierce offensives. But Friedel's countless wonderful saves upset the Mexicans who left the pitch in great disappointment.

In the 88th, Mexico's captain and defender Rafael Marquez was red-carded for kicking and heading Cobi Jones simultaneously in a challenge.

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