Pablo Barrera scored the clutch goals of the game and Giovani dos Santos sealed the win as Mexico dominated USA 4-2 on Saturday, showing who was boss of North America in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
In front of 93,000 fans in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the USA took a quick 2-0 lead with goals by Michael Bradley and Landon Donovon.
However, it was Mexico who responded quickly to the goals, led by Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez who pushed the tempo throughout all game and was constantly a threat to the U.S. defenders.
Eventually, a great long pass from Javier Hernandez and a quick Pablo Barrera broke through for Mexico's first goal at the 28 minute mark.
Then, suddenly the game turned as Mexico tied the score at the 36 minute mark when Andres Guardado handled a deflection off a defender magnificently to just squeeze a shot under U.S. goalie Tim Howard.
The equalizer was all the Mexico team needed to break Team USA.
At the 49 minute mark, Guardado fed a pass to Barrera, and Barrera came through again with a well placed shot just past Howard.
Up by only one goal, it was a tense game throughout as the U.S. had several scoring threats that fell short.
Then, suddenly Giovani dos Santos sealed the game with one of the most magnificent shots of the whole tournament on a perfect chip that evaded the goalie and a defender to hit the top corner.
On this night, Mexico showed who was boss in dominating the U.S.