Mexico Defeats U.S. 2-1 in World Cup Qualifying Game

Miguel Layn #7 of Mexico is swarmed by his teammates after scoring a goal in the first half against the United States during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Credit: Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Mexico came to Columbus to make history and a statement Friday. And it accomplished both, rallying for a 2-1 victory over the U.S. in a World Cup qualifier.

The win was Mexico’s first in five games in cozy — and chilly — Mapfre Stadium, a bandbox the U.S. has dubbed a fortress after going unbeaten in 10 games here. But it was a fortress Mexico finally breached behind a first-half goal from Miguel Layun and a header from captain Rafa Marquez with a minute left in regulation time.

Bobby Wood had the only goal for the U.S., tying the score with a brilliant goal in the 49th minute of a bruising, physical game, one befitting a matchup that is among international soccer’s most hard-fought rivalries.

Mapfre’s grandstands, packed with a sellout crowd of 24,650, were a sea of red (with some white and blue thrown in) at kickoff, which came under 45-degree skies and a wind chill that made it feel six degrees cooler.

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