USA v Mexico: Visitors claim dramatic 2-1 win in 2018 World Cup qualifier

Mexico captain Rafael marquez (left) celebrates with team-mates after his side's win
Mexico captain Rafael Marquez (left) celebrates with team-mates after his side's win

Captain Rafael Marquez headed in an 89th-minute winner to give Mexico a dramatic 2-1 win over the United States in their 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The match in Columbus, Ohio had an "added layer" after Donald Trump won the US presidential election, having criticised Mexicans in his campaign.

The visitors took the lead through a Miguel Layun shot before Bobby Wood equalised just after half-time.

But Marquez nodded in a Layun corner to give Mexico victory in a feisty match.

The win ended Mexico's run of four defeats in the state capital of Ohio - a key "swing state" won by Trump on Tuesday - in World Cup qualifiers going back to 2001.

President-elect Trump has described undocumented Mexican migrants in the US as "criminals" and said he wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

"Maybe now they have a bad time, a time of intolerance and with this win maybe they can forget now a little bit what happened here in the US," said Marquez.

"It was a long time that we haven't had a good game [here]. We are very happy and this is very important for us,"

The two countries are in a six-team group from which the top three teams will automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, while the fourth-placed team will go into a play-off.

USA will play their second match against Costa Rica on Tuesday, while Mexico face Panama.

"Mexico had the better first half, in the second half we were outstanding," said USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann.

"Overall, it was a very intense and exciting really quality battle. Now this puts us on our toes going down to Costa Rica to try to get three points."

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