Mexico came out of their shell in their final FIFA Confederations Cup match as Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez bagged a second-half brace of headers to beat Japan 2-1, leaving the Samurai Blue bottom of Group A.
The best chance of the opening period came late on in the half, with a snap header by Mexico's Andres Guardado from eight yards out. Eiji Kawashima was left stranded, but the post came to Japan’s rescue.
Chicharito comes alive
Mexico were the stronger side at the beginning of the second-half, and they were rewarded nine minutes after the restart. 'Chicharito' opened the scoring as he headed home Guardado’s cross, beating Kawashima to the ball.
The Samurai Blue came back into the match and continued to press forward. They were given some consolation when Okazaki coolly finished Yasuhito Endo’s cross in the 86th minute.
Japan managed another attack in Mexico's final third, but the second goal did not come for the Samurai Blue. The victory for Mexico may not have been enough to see them through to the next stage of the FIFA Confederations Cup, but it will surely give them added confidence heading into their final FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches.