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Mexico: Chicharito Record Breaker, U20 Advance, Raúl Crowned

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Chicharito scores record goal against Croatia | Photo by Jorge Galvez for LA Soccer Nation | May 27, 2017

It was a busy weekend in what will be a busy summer for El Tri. Not everything went smoothly for all things Mexico, but there were some positives.

Take a look at what happened…

Chicharito scores in loss

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Mexico took on Croatia in one of the exhibition matches before World Cup qualification resumes in June. It was a disaster first half for Mexico, as they gave up two silly goals in the span of two minutes. Several second half changes made the game more respectable, and Chicharito scored the goal he has been searching for…number 47. It came via free kick from Andrés Guardado, as the cross found the head of the hailed forward. He is now the top scorer in Mexican history, surpassing Jared Borgetti.

Mexico will play one more friendly on Thursday against Ireland to prepare for WCQ.

U20 advances despite loss to Venezuela   

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The Mexico U20 team had one last group stage match to determine their fate. They had a very difficult final match against what looks to be the strongest team in the tournament in Venezuela.

It was a very closely contested match, but a first half goal was the game decider for Venezuela. Mexico played well, just not good enough. In the other match, Germany squandered a 3-0 lead, to only win 3-2 against Vanuatu.

Mexico will next face Senegal in the round of 16.

Raúl scores and wins another trophy 

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Raúl Jiménez was recently crowned champion of Portugal with Benfica. On Saturday, he had one more trophy to fight for against Vitoría Guimãraes. He scored the go-ahead goal in the 48th minute in the eventual 2-1 victory for Benfica.

Raúl will now fly to meet up with the Mexican national team for the rest of June.

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