Our History vs Mexico

As Australia and Mexico cross paths for the first time in more than 22 years in a September international friendly, we take a look back at our previous encounters against El Tri.

The Subway Socceroos will face the Mexicans in the impressive AT&T Stadium on 9 September, the home of NFL franchise Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

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Played: 5
Wins: 2
Draws: 2
Losses: 1

1970 | 3-0 loss | International Friendly

Australia first met Mexico in December 1970 at the famous Estadio Azteca. However, the Aussies, coached by the late Rale Rasic, were unfortunately no match for their opponents in front of 25,000 spectators. Ray Richards was also dismissed for throwing the ball into the face of Mexican captain Gustavo Pena with minutes remaining, compounding a frustrating result.

1980 | 2-2 draw | International Friendly

August 1980, saw the Aussies play Mexico twice in quick succession on home soil. First up the Socceroos played in Sydney and were held to a 2-2 stalemate. Ken Boden scored a 57th minute penalty to restore parity after Ricardo Castro's first-half opener. Defender John Yzendoorn then put the hosts in front but Mexico equalised through Jose Luis Gonzalez seven minutes from time.

1980 | 1-1 draw | International Friendly

Melbourne's Olympic Park was the venue just two days later where both sides played out a 1-1 draw. Striker Gary Cole broke the deadlock in the second stanza but Ricardo Castro replied not long after to score in successive matches against the Green and Gold.

1997 | 3-1 win | FIFA Confederations Cup

It would be 17 years before the two teams encountered, with the FIFA Confederations Cup in Saudi Arabia the stage to pit these two nations together again. The Aussies struck on the stroke of half time courtesy of an instinctive, sliding finish from Mark Viduka at the King Fahd Stadium. One-nil became 2-0 on the hour mark when John Aloisi expertly shifted the ball onto his weaker foot before firing past goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Luis Hernandez halved the deficit from the penalty spot on 80 minutes, but the result was put beyond doubt when substitute Damian Mori headed home 10 minutes later. The Socceroos would go onto reach the final of the tournament, humbled by Brazil after hat-tricks from Romario and Ronaldo.


2001 | 2-0 win | FIFA Confederations Cup

Four years later and the pair would meet again, this time in the Korea Republic. But Australia once again prevailed with an impressive 2-0 victory over the Central American side. Steve Corica's deep cross found defender Shaun Murphy at the back post to head home and Josip Skoko subsequently doubled the advantage following the interval. Corica turned provider again, desperately feeding the ball to his fellow midfielder, before the then Genk man unleashed a left-footed drive from outside the box. The Aussies would advance to the semi-finals before suffering a 1-0 loss to Japan.