Italy v Mexico, 03 June 2010

Score2-1 to Mexico
RefereeJohan Verbist
CompetitionInternational Friendly
VenueKing Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Attendance30,000
Italy's experience in South Africa has not started very well. The Azzurri lost their first friendly match against a well prepared Mexico yesterday evening. The Italy team proved to be in behind in preparation compared with the Mexicans team that had already played six friendly matches and had almost one month of training. The Italians' only consolation was the goal by Leonardo Bonucci in the 89th minute off a corner kick. The coach Marcello Lippi brought in fresh players and changed the formation many times during the match but to no avail, Mexico was superior and Italy has just to learn and get over this bad start. As Lippi said,

"It's difficult to find something positive in this match, these are not the real players but I am sure the we' ll be ready for the first match against Paraguay on the 14th of June."

Mexico played some good football and they seem to be already ready for the World Cup. After a good performance against England at Wembley one week ago, they did the same against Italy yesterday.

The Mexicans are playing their best football in recent memory, and they will be a dangerous opponent for South Africa, Uruguay and France.

1  Italy

Manager: Marcello Lippi

2  Mexico

Manager: Javier Aguirre

Goals:

Leonardo Bonucci 89 G

Goals:

Carlos Vela 17 G
Alberto Medina 84 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon
Defender Leonardo Bonucci
Defender/Centre back Fabio Cannavaro
Defender/Midfielder Gianluca Zambrotta
Midfielder Daniele De Rossi
Midfielder Claudio Marchisio
Forward Andrea Pirlo

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Oscar Perez
Defender Efrain Juarez
Defender Ricardo Osorio
Defender Carlos Salcido
Defender/Midfielder Rafael Márquez
Midfielder Paul Aguilar
Midfielder Gerardo Torrado
Midfielder/Forward Giovani dos Santos
Forward Carlos Vela

Substitutions:

Simone Pepe for Antonio Di Natale 46
Christian Maggio for Gianluca Zambrotta 63
Giampaolo Pazzini for Alberto Gilardino 63
Fabio Quagliarella for Daniele De Rossi 75
Angelo Palombo for Andrea Pirlo 82
Salvatore Bocchetti for Fabio Cannavaro 88

Substitutions:

Pablo Barrera for Rafael Márquez 46
Alberto Medina for Giovani dos Santos 52
Héctor Moreno for Francisco Rodríguez 69
Cuauhtemoc Blanco for Javier Hernández 71
Israel Castro for Carlos Vela 83
Andrés Guardado for Efrain Juarez 87

Cards:

Leonardo Bonucci 16 Y
Claudio Marchisio 31 Y
Simone Pepe 51 Y

Cards:

Javier Hernández 12 Y
Oscar Perez 67 Y
Carlos Salcido 74 Y
Gerardo Torrado 81 Y
Cuauhtemoc Blanco 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis
Goalkeeper Frederico Marchetti
Goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu
Defender Mattia Cassani
Defender Christian Maggio
Midfielder Gennaro Gattuso
Midfielder Riccardo Montolivo
Midfielder Angelo Palombo
Midfielder Giuseppe Rossi
Forward Marco Borriello
Forward Andrea Cossu
Forward Simone Pepe

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Luis Michel
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa
Defender Israel Castro
Defender Jonny Magallon
Defender Héctor Moreno
Midfielder Andrés Guardado
Forward Pablo Barrera
Forward Adolfo Bautista
Forward Alberto Medina