VERACRUZ, Mexico -- Mexico twice came from
behind to beat George Weah's Liberia in a nine-goal thriller on
An 88th minute goal by Antonio de Nigris gave the Mexicans a
5-4 win in the friendly international which they were using as a
warmup for their World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica and
Honduras at the start of next month.
Mexico, who is fifth in the CONCACAF qualifying group and
in serious danger of missing out on the 2002 World Cup, got the
perfect start when Ramon Morales and Johan Rodriguez both scored
in the opening seven minutes.
Liberia, who narrowly failed to qualify for the World Cup
when it faltered at the end of its qualifying campaign and
lost out to Nigeria, pulled a goal back through veteran George
Weah in the 26th minute.
Weah, who acts as team coach as well as paying some of the
team costs out of his own pocket, also set up Liberia's
equalizer for Mass Saah in the 38th minute.
The West Africans went ahead in the 50th minute after Aaron
Pobleh finished off a counter attack but Mexico equalized two
minutes later when Jared Borgetti scored from what appeared to
be an offside position.
Dionysions Sebwe restored Liberia's lead after 72nd minute
but one minute later the Mexicans were back on level terms
thanks to Manuel Vidrio who beat the African defense to a free
kick to head in the equalizer.
Two minutes from time, de Nigris headed the winner after
goalkeeper Louis Clayton failed to cut out a cross from Sigfrido
"This game taught us a great lesson: never underestimate the
opposition," said Mexico coach Javier Aguirre.