Carlos Vela (#11) scored two goals in Mexico's 3-2 win over the host Netherlands in a friendly on November 12, 2014, in Amsterdam. (Photo: Mexico)
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Carlos Vela celebrated a spectacular return to international football with a two-goal performance that sparked visiting Mexico to a 3-2 victory over the Netherlands in a friendly at Amsterdam Arena Wednesday night.
The 25-year-old, who hadn't played for the Tricolor in more than three years, scored once in each half.
Javier Hernandez also netted for the Mexicans, who avenged a 2-1 loss to the Dutch in the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made several vital saves, including a denial of Georginio Wijnaldum's header in the 87th minute.
Vela struck first in the eighth minute, collecting a short pass from Hector Herrera and drilling a 24-yard shot past goalkeeper Tim Krul into the upper left corner. It was his first international goal since June 2010.
The host pushed forward and their persistence finally paid off four minutes into the second half, when Wesley Sneijder equalized with a 28-yard effort.
Only a minute after making his international debut in the 61th minute, Jesus Miguel Corona set up Vela's second goal. Corona sent a long pass down the left flank that Vela trapped before firing into the lower right corner for a 2-1 advantage and his 14th international goal
Hernandez came close twice earlier, but found the net in the 70th minute. After running on to an Andres Guardado feed, the Real Madrid forward forced Krul out of the net before depositing the ball into an empty net for a 3-1 lead. The goal moved Hernandez into a tie for second place on Mexico's all-time scoring list with Cuauhtémoc Blanco on 39 goals each.
The Netherlands came within a goal again in the 73rd minute as Daley Blind's shot from distance deflected off Mexican defender Diego Reyes and into the net.
Mexico will meet host Belarus in another friendly on November 18.