International Soccer

Friday Kickoff: Mexico beats Bosnia, Hulk closer to Chelsea move and more

Mexico Bosnia (Getty Images)

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez may have missed two quality chances, but he came through in the clutch to give Mexico another friendly win on Thursday.

Hernandez made up for two missed shots in the 80th minute by scoring a winner in stoppage time of a 2-1 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina at Solder FIeld. Hernandez came off the bench in the match in the 61st minute, and he knocked in the winner in the rainy game with a close-range finish after Bosnian defenders failed to clear the ball three times on the play.

Mexico jumped out in front in their penultimate friendly before World Cup qualifying begins through a sixth-minute goal from Giovanni Dos Santos, but Bosnia responded before halftime when Edin Dzeko buried a chance just before the half-hour mark.

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Chelsea might be losing Didier Drogba, but they may have just found a viable replacement. Chelsea has agreed to pay FC Porto $58.2 million for Brazil forward Hulk, and is ready to finalize the deal in the coming days. Personal terms with the Brazilian international still need to be agreed upon, but that seems just a formality at this point. Hulk would be Chelsea's second big signing this summer, with the club having acquired Eden Hazard last week.


John Terry has been given further punishment by UEFA for his red card against Barcelona in the Champions League semifinals. The federation suspended Terry two additional games for violent conduct against Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez, meaning the Chelsea defender will miss the club's Super Cup match in August against Europa League winner Atletico Madrid and Chelsea's first Champions League group game in September. Terry and Chelsea can appeal.


Germany rebounded from a deflating loss to Switzerland by topping Israel, 2-0, on Thursday in their final friendly before Euro 2012 begins. Mario Gomez and Andre Schuerrle scored on each side of halftime in the match that Germany dominated. Germany begins their Euro 2012 campaign on June 9 with a match against Portugal.


What do you think of Mexico's 2-1 win over Bosnia Herzegovina? Expecting Hulk to succeed in the EPL? Should Terry have been banned more games?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Brad

    I watched the whole Mexico game. B and H basically gave up in the 2nd half. Dzeko touched the ball maybe once or twice. Mexico was equally as ineffective in attacking a tired B and H team. Not a good win for Mexico.


  • marco

    Mexico continues to score goals in the dying minutes, very Manchester United like.


  • Shounen Bat

    I picture this front six:




    ———–Obi Mikel/Essien————-

    Yes, Lampard will be pissed, and Marin will have to earn his minutes, but this seems like the formation they’ll use to start the season.


  • Brad

    well I mean it’s not a positive win, doesn’t bode well for the Brazil game, imho…


  • Rlw2020

    It was barely a goal, terrible mistake, almost as bad as the US Olympic Qualifier loss


  • Joe

    Yes and they also keep on winning tournaments like the won in Toulon! Marco Fabian 7 goals in 5 games tying a twenty year old Alan Sgearer record, not bad.


  • DLewis

    I’m sure many managers would want the “problem” of having Hazard and Hulk in their team.


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