Mexico falls narrowly to Belarus

 Action from the international friendly between Mexico (green jersey) and host Belarus on November 18, 2014, in Borisov. (Photo: Mexsport)

BORISOV, Belarus – In frigid conditions at the Borisov Arena, visiting Mexico completed its 2014 schedule with a 3-2 loss to host Belarus on Tuesday in an international friendly. 

The Tricolor let a pair of second-half leads slip away as Pavel Nyakhaychyk netted the game-winner late in the encounter.

Raul Jimenez scored both goals for Mexico, which saw its five-game unbeaten streak come to end. 

The Atletico Madrid forward opened the scoring in 47th minute, chesting down a feed from Jonathan Dos Santos and hitting the back of the net from close range.

Two minutes later Belarus leveled after Sergey Kislyak put away the rebound of an Igor Stasevich penalty kick that was saved by goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.

The CONCACAF power regained the advantage in 53rd minute.  Giovani Dos Santos burst into the right side of the host’s box, where he delivered a short pass for Jimenez to slot home from seven-yards out and complete his brace. 

Once again, Belarus’ reply was ruthlessly swift.  A hustling Nicholas Signevich headed in a whipped right-sided cross to make it 2-2 in the 55th minute.

Nyakhaychyk struck from the edge of the six-yard with nine minutes remaining in normal time to settle matters.