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Adams stars as US sink 10-man Mexico
September 13, 2018
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Nashville: Teenager Tyler Adams scored his first international goal as a new-look United States side defeated 10-man Mexico 1-0 in a friendly international on Tuesday.

New York Red Bulls midfielder Adams burst into the penalty area to tuck away an Antonee Robinson cross on 71 minutes to settle a hardfought encounter at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

US interim coach Dave Sarachan praised the 19-year-old Adams’ performance.

“This kid’s a beast,” Sarachan said. “When you look at data, analytics and the volume of work he does in 90 minutes, he’s a winner, this kid.

“He keeps getting better. Not perfect but he’s shown that he’s emerging as someone that other players can look up to.”

Adams’ goal came after tempers had flared during the second half of the latest meeting between the two bitter North American football rivals.

Mexico’s Angel Zaldivar had been shown a red card in the 66th minute for a brutal challenge on Wil Trapp that saw the USA midfielder lucky to escape serious injury.

Zaldivar’s wild tackle had come just moments after several players joined a scuffle triggered by a confrontation between the USA’s France-based defender Matt Miazga and Mexican prodigy Diego Lainez.

“We knew that at some point in the game it might boil over,” Sarachan said. “And I do think our guys showed great composure.”

Lainez, 18, had been Mexico’s best player during a dominant first half display which saw El Tri carve out the most promising openings without being able to convert their pressure into goals.

US forward Gyasi Zardes had headed over from Weston McKennie’s cross early in the first half but Mexico were in control for long periods afterwards.

Their best chance came when Roberto Alvarado headed goalwards on 16 minutes only to see USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen tip over.

The complexion of the game changed when Sarachan replaced Eric Lichaj with the left-footed Robinson, who plays for Wigan in the English Championship, early in the second half.

Brazil triumph

Richarlison capped his first full start for Brazil by scoring twice as the South American giants thrashed El Salvador 5-0 at FedEx Field here Tuesday.

The 21-year-old , who was signed by Premier League side Everton from Watford earlier this year for $52 million, produced two excellent strikes on 16 and 50 minutes to reward the faith shown in him by manager Tite.

El Salvador barely mustered a chance as Brazil, led by Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar who played the entire 90 minutes, put on an excellent performance in front of their adoring American based fans in the US capital.

Tite and his coaching staff are ready to move on from their disappointing showing at the World Cup this summer where they lost to Belgium in the last eight and are now focused on the 2019 Copa America in Brazil. This was a display which would have encouraged them immensely.

The Brazil coach named a strong side for the second match of their mini two-match tour - the USA were defeated 2-0 on Friday in New Jersey - with the likes of Neymar, Douglas Costa, Philippe Coutinho all starting.

Agence France-Presse

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