Mexico, Bolivia battle to Copa America stalemate

Action from the Copa America match between Mexico and Bolivia (white jersey) on June 12, 2015, in Viña del Mar, Chile. (Photo courtesy of ca2015.com)

VIÑA DEL MAR, Chile -- Mexico and Bolivia played to a 0-0 draw in the opening 2015 Copa America match for each on Friday night at the Estadio Sausalito.

The draw left the sides in a tie for second place in Group A, one point behind host Chile, which beat Ecuador 2-0 a day earlier.

In an encounter that produced only two shots on target, the Bolivians generated the best chance in the 14th minute.  Ricardo Pedriel latched onto a left-sided cross only to see his effort from seven-yards out crash off the near post.

Second-half substitute Raul Jimenez should have given Mexico the lead in the 67th minute, but – with the goal wide open – he headed Jesus Manuel Corona’s left-sided cross wide of the far post from inside the six-yard box.

The Mexicans return to action on Monday against Chile at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.

NOTES: 

  • Mexico was a perfect 8-0-0 in its previous eight meetings with Bolivia
  • Mexico has never beaten Bolivia in the Copa America (0W-2D-1L).