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New Zealand downed by Mexico in Denver

Overnight, the New Zealand national team were defeated 3-0 by Mexico in an international friendly in Denver, Colorado.

An inexperienced All Whites struggled in the opening half at Invesco Field, conceding three times to El Tri who looked extremely dangerous in the opening 45.

Tottenham's Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when he slotted home after NZ keeper Glen Moss had kept out Fulham left-back Carlos Salcido's initial shot before dos Santos made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark when he produced a brilliant turn in the area and then managed to round Moss for a simple finish.

The contest was essentially wrapped up two minutes from the break when Monterrey striker Aldo de Nigris fired home after being found by West Ham United's Pablo Barrera cross.

All Whites boss Ricki Herbert made a number of changes at half-time and even though they were far more competitive, it did nothing to change the scoreline.

New Zealand will now have to pick themselves for a big clash with Trans-Tasman rivals Australia in Adelaide on Sunday whilst Mexico will kick off their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign with their opening match against El Salvador.

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Andrew Slevison
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