Mexico tops Paraguay; Hernandez scores again
Elias Hernandez (pictured) has scored in two straight appearances for Mexico. (Photo: Adid Jimenez/Straffon Images)

SEATTLE, Washington – Mexico scored twice in the first half to earn a 2-1 win over Paraguay in an international friendly on Saturday before 37,011 fans at CenturyLink Field.

The match was the Tricolor’s last warm-up prior to opening defense of its CONCACAF Gold Cup title on July 9 against El Salvador in San Diego, California.

Mexico capitalized on Paraguay’s inability to clear the ball from its own box to take a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute.  Antony Silva made an outstanding save at the left post on Orbelin Pineda’s initial header.  The defense couldn’t gain control of the ball, which – following a pinball-like sequence – fell Rodolfo Pizarro, who demonstrated his skills to curl a right-footed effort into the right side of the net.

Elias Hernandez doubled the Mexican lead seven minutes later, converting a penalty kick after he was fouled in the area.  The 29-year-old Leon standout also struck from the spot in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Ghana. 

Paraguay halved the deficit through an Antonio Bareiro header in the first minute of first half stoppage.

Mexico received bad news in the 57th minute, when key forward Alan Pulido left the game with a suspected broken arm.