Pulido scores debut hat-trick as Mexico routs South Korea at Alamodome

Pulido scores debut hat-trick as Mexico routs South Korea at Alamodome

Mexican Soccer

Pulido scores debut hat-trick as Mexico routs South Korea at Alamodome

Mexico South Korea (Getty Images)

By FRANCO PANIZO

A dream debut for Alan Pulido gave Mexico a dream start to their World Cup year.

Pulido inspired El Tri to a 4-0 victory over South Korea with a hat-trick performance in their first match of 2014 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday night. Oribe Peralta scored the winner in the first half, but it was Pulido who stole the show and grabbed the headlines with his impressive showing in his first international appearance.

Pulido scored the first of his three goals in first-half stoppage time then added two more in the second stanza. Rafa Marquez captained El Tri in the first half of their cleansheet victory, coming off at halftime with another pair of starters as head coach Miguel Herrera attempted to give opportunities to other players.

South Korea next face the U.S. Men’s National Team in a friendly on Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Here are the Mexico-South Korea match highlights:

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