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Mexico give manager Martino a winning start, beat Chile 3-1

Mexico’s Raul Jimenez broke the scoreless game open when he converted a penalty kick in the 52nd minute.

Mexico's national football team coach, Argentinian Gerardo "Tata" Martino, conducts a training session at the High-Performance Centre (CAR) in the outskirts of Mexico City, on February 11, 2019. Martino conducted his first training session with the Mexican national team. Picture: AFP.

BENGALURU - Mexico scored three second-half goals in quick succession to defeat Chile 3-1 on Friday and give new manager Tata Martino a winning start to his tenure.

Mexico’s Raul Jimenez broke the scoreless game open when he converted a penalty kick in the 52nd minute in front of a crowd of more than 41,000 at the friendly in San Diego.

Hector Moreno headed home a corner kick in the 64th minute and Hirving Lozano chipped a shot over the Chilean goalkeeper’s head less than a minute later to put the contest out of Chile’s reach.

The win is the first for the 56-year-old Argentine Martino, who led Atlanta United to the MLS Cup last season before being named as Mexico’s head coach in January.

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