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 Mexico repeats as Gold Cup champion with 4-2 win over Team USA
June 25, 2011 11h59PM {data}2011-06-25{/data}{hora}23:59{/hora} {data}2011-06-26{/data}{hora}01:13{/hora}

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The Mexican team rushes to the Gold Cup trophy after the match.. Photo: Mexsport

The Mexican team rushes to the Gold Cup trophy after the match.
Photo: Mexsport

What began as a thrilling, back-and-forth match in the first half turned into a mostly one-sided affair in the second period, as Mexico repeated as Gold Cup champion with a 4-2 victory over Team USA Saturday in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Mexico was very aggressive from the beginning and got two quick corner kick opportunities. But the U.S. stunned its rival with a corner kick of its own, as Michael Bradley broke free and headed the ball beautifully past the hand of Alfredo Talavera at the eighth minute to go up 1-0.

Landon Donovan made it 2-0 as he got a great pass on the run and struck it masterfully into the net at the 23rd minute.

But Mexico made a match of it as the United States was caught napping after a substitution. Pablo Barrera took a chance from the right side and put it past Tim Howard at the 29th minute to put the score 2-1.

Mexico then tied the score on a counterattack. The ball was loose in the area and Andres Guardado, who had been doubtful to start after an injury against Honduras, was at the right place to put it into the goal at the 36th minute.

U.S. player Steve Cherundolo and Mexicans Rafael Marquez and Carlos Salcido had to leave the match in the first half due to injuries.

Mexico started the second half just like it did the first, very aggressive, quick on the ball, trying to catch the U.S. players on their heels. On the counterattack again, Pablo Barrera was able to strike it from the right side and the ball went underneath a diving Tim Howard and into the net. Mexico had its first lead of the night at the 50th minute and the score was 3-2.

At the 76th minute, in a terrible breakdown by the U.S., Howard came out all the way to meet Giovani Dos Santos. Gio somehow broke away from Howard and multiple defenders and put a beautiful lob over the heads of all the U.S. players to put Mexico ahead for good 4-2.

The announced attendance of 93,420 was the largest for a Gold Cup game in the United States. But it was clear throughout the match that El Tri fans were the overwhelming majority.

This was the sixth Gold Cup title for Mexico, which now has a ticket to the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil.

David Castro/Terra Deportes USA

Terra Estados Unidos
  1. Giovani Dos Santos of Mexico tries to get past Michael Bradley.

    Foto: Mexsport

  2. Giovani Dos Santos reacts after missing a shot on goal.

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  3. Michael Bradley scores on a header past Alfredo Talavera.

    Foto: Mexsport

  4. Landon Donovan celebrates after putting the United States up 2-0.

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  5. Pablo Barrera scores the first goal for Mexico to make the score 2-1.

    Foto: Mexsport

  6. Guardado celebrates after tying the game 2-2 for Mexico.

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  7. Javier Hernandez controls the ball during the game.

    Foto: Mexsport

  8. Rafael Marquez is forced to leave the game injured in the first half.

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  9. Pablo Barrera was dominant in the game with two goals.

    Foto: Mexsport

  10. Giovani Dos Santos misses a shot just wide.

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  11. Michael Bradley and Gerardo Torrado fight for the ball.

    Foto: Mexsport

  12. Andres Guardado tries to recover the ball from Jonathan Bornstein.

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  13. Salcido was forced to leave in the first half due to injury.

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  14. Hector Moreno tries to get past Freddy Adu.

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  15. Giovani Dos Santos gets past Tim Howard.

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  16. Giovani Dos Santos celebrates with Javier Hernandez and Aldo de Nigris after putting Mexico up 4-2.

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  17. Mexican team runs towards the Gold Cup trophy.

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  18. Mexico celebrates repeating their Gold Cup victory.

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  19. Mexican team poses with the trophy after the game.

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  20. Mexican captain Rafael Marquez holds up the trophy after the game.

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