SANTA CLARA, California (AP) – Mexico settled for a 0-0 draw with Chile after squandering several good chances to score in the second half of their friendly Saturday, played in front of a sellout crowd of 67,175 at Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.
The contest matched two teams that were eliminated in the Round of 16 at the World Cup in Brazil. Mexico lost to the Netherlands 2-1, and Chile lost to host Brazil in penalties after playing to a scoreless draw.
El Roja coach Jorge Sampaoli kept his World Cup roster intact for the friendly, while Mexico coach Miguel Herrera gave Miguel Angel Herrera and Oswaldo Alanis their first starts in an attempt to remold his squad.
He kept 10 members from the Mexican World Cup roster.
Mexico, backed by the majority of the crowd, had two clear shots on goal in a two-minute span midway through the second half. In the 65th minute, Giovani Dos Santos found himself alone with goalkeeper Claudio Bravo but rushed his shot and missed over the crossbar.
Javier Antonio Orozco then fired a shot that was just high after receiving a cross from Oribe Perlata in front of the goal in the 67th minute.
Bravo also stopped Miguel Layun’s looping shot in the 77th minute and a point-blank shot from Orozco in the 80th.