Belgium, Mexico in 3-3 thriller


November 11, 2017
Mexico's Hirving Lozano scores his side's second goal during an international friendly against Belgium at the King Baudouin stadium in Brussels, Belgium yesterday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP):

Mexico's Hirving Lozano exposed Belgium's unexpected defensive frailty with two goals and Romelu Lukaku needed to score a brace to give the home side a 3-3 draw in a match between two World Cup-bound teams yesterday.

Belgium missed its best three defenders because of injuries, and their absence was exploited. Lozano ran amok through the last line and almost upset the World Cup favorite.

Eden Hazard gave Belgium the early edge, and Guardado equalised in the first half.

It set up a spectacular second half, in which Lozano and Lukaku flourished.

Belgium plays Japan on Tuesday, and Mexico goes to Poland for more friendly action.

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