Mexico-Bolivia ends scoreless at Copa America

Mexico and Bolivia played a lackluster 0-0 draw Friday in the second match of the Copa America, the South American championship.
The result was disappointing for Mexico, which is playing what amounts to its B team but was still a favorite to beat Bolivia, which has not won a match in this tournament since 1997.
Mexicoand’s best players like Carlos Vela and Javier Hernandez are being held out for next monthand’s Gold Cup in the United States. andquotWe cam look for a result,andquot Mexico coach Miguel Herrera said. andquotWe tried, but we lacked consistency, and we are very aware of this.andquot
Bolivia had clear scoring chances, particularly in the first half, while Mexicoand’s best opportunity came early in the second half when substitute Raul Jimenez headed just wide in the Group A match. Mexico defender Rafael Marquez, playing his fifth Copa America, went off early in the second half with an apparent injury.
andquotWe have to wait for the doctorand’s result, but he felt something in his left leg,andquot Herrera explained. andquotI didnand’t want to risk it so I took him out.andquot Bolivia had three good chances to take the lead. Ricardo Pedriel hit the post in the 15th minute. Mexico goalkeeper Jesus Corona made a leaping save in the 42nd on Jhasmani Camposand’ rising shot, and seconds later Ronald Raldes headed a ball just wide.
andquotWeand’re satisfied with the way we worked,andquot Bolivia coach Mauricio Soria said. andquotI hope this result gives us the respect we deserve.andquot Mexico had a more of the ball in the second, but Bolivia looked better on the counterattack. Mexico pressed for the last 10 minutes and came close to breaking through several times.
Chile defeated Ecuador 2-0 on Thursday in the tournament and Group A opener. In their next matches Monday, Mexico plays Chile and Ecuador faces Bolivia.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman