Mexico 2-1 Ghana
20:00 GMT, Wednesday, 26 March 2008, Craven Cottage (Fulham)
Mexico beat Ghana 2-1 at Craven Cottage last night. All 3 goals came in the 2nd half, as Essien put Ghana 1-0 up in the 55th minute only for Mexico to pull back through Salcido and Pardo in the 77th and 86th minutes.
Mexico take on Ghana in one of two friendlies in London on Wednesday evening, and the game will give England-based fans the opportunity to see several up and coming football stars in the flesh.
There’s no place for Guillermo Ochoa in the Mexico lineup unfortunately – Ochoa has been closely followed by top European clubs such as Manchester United and AC Milan, and some pundits expect him to move to Europe this summer or the next.
London-based Arsenal fans will also be hoping to catch Carlos Vela in action – the Arsenal youngster is on loan at Osasuna and is tipped to have a big future ahead of him. Barcelona youngster Dos Santos is also in with a chance to get a game – his agent has been angling for a move away from the Catalan club in the hopes of a) getting Dos Santos a better contract at Barca or b) getting him a better contract elsewhere.
Essien and Muntari are expected to be in the starting lineup for Ghana – although I doubt that either (Essien in particular) will play more than 45-60 minutes).
Goalkeepers: Oswaldo Sanchez (Santos Laguna), Moises Munoz (Morelia), Jesus Corona (Tecos UAG)
Defenders: Carlos Salcido (PSV Eindhoven), Ricardo Osorio (VfB Stuttgart), Aaron Galindo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Fausto Pinto (Pachuca), Israel Castro (Pumas UNAM), Julio Cesar Dominguez (Cruz Azul)
Midfielders: Pavel Pardo (VfB Stuttgart), Andres Guardado (Deportivo Coruna), Fernando Arce (Santos Laguna), Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), Antonio Naelson (Toluca)
Forwards: Carlos Vela (Osasuna), Antonio De Nigris (Ankaraspor), Nery Castillo (Manchester City), Juan Carlos Cacho (Pachuca), Adolfo Bautista (Chiapas), Guillermo Franco (Villarreal), Giovani Dos Santos (Barcelona)
Richard Kingson (Birmingham City, England) and Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold, Ghana)
John Paintsil (West Ham, England), John Mensah (Rennes, France), Hans Adu Sarpei (Bayer Leverkusen, Germany), Richard Manu and Harrison Afful (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Eric Addo (PSV Eindhoven, Holland)
Anthony Annan (Stabaek, Norway), Michael Essien (Chelsea, England), Haminu Draman (Locomotiv Moscow, Russia), Sulley Muntari (Portsmouth, England), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille, France) Laryea Kingston (Hearts, Scotland), Prince Buaben (Dundee Utd, Scotland)
Eric Bekoe (Asante Kotoko, Ghana), Junior Agogo (Nottingham Forest, England), Quincy Owusu-Abeyie (Celta Vigo, Spain)