Mexico beat United States

Mexico stunned the United States 3-2 to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup as a spectacular extra-time winner from Paul Aguilar settled a five-goal thriller at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.

Mexico defender Aguilar on Saturday lashed in a superb volley in the 118th minute to spark euphoric scenes at the iconic venue in front of 93,723 fans.

Aguilar's goal sends Mexico to Russia as CONCACAF's representatives in the World Cup warm-up tournament in 2017 and piles pressure on US coach Jurgen Klinsmann who has faced criticism for a string of recent flops.

Klinsmann's men looked to have done enough to take the game to penalties, twice coming from behind to level the score on a night of high drama that saw three goals in extra-time after the match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Oribe Peralta looked to have settled the game with a 96th-minute strike that put Mexico 2-1 up on the night, ramming home Aguilar's low cross.

But the United States snatched an equaliser out of nowhere in the 108th minute when Bobby Wood sprinted onto DeAndre Yedlin's through ball to slip a cool finish beneath Moises Munoz to make it 2-2.

The extra-time drama followed a fractious 90 minutes where Mexico were unable to convert their territorial and technical superiority into goals.

Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez fired Mexico into the lead after only 10 minutes as the visitors carved open the American defence with a superb piece of passing football.


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