Bolivia play out a goalless draw against Mexico

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Santiago: Mexico coach Miguel Herrera watched in frustration and anger as his side failed to break down minnows Bolivia in a Copa America encounter Friday that ended in a goalless draw.Bolivia always looked vulnerable when under pressure but surprised their stronger opponents on the counter attack and had three outstanding first half chances.

In the 14th minute, Ricard Pedriel flicked a low cross by Swedish based defender Marti Smedberg-Dalence onto the post.

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Just before the break, Jhasmani Campos fired a left foot shot that Mexico goalkeeper Jose Jesus Corona just tipped over the crossbar. From the resulting corner, veteran Bolivian defender Ronald Raldes just headed wide.

Herrera started to show his frustration as Mexico failed to get a grip on the game in the second half. Mexico midfielder Jesus Corona blasted the ball wide of the goal from close range when Matias Vuoso was well placed in the goal area. Juan Carlos Medina also wasted a shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Mexico had their best chance when winger Jesus ‘Tecatico’ Corona put in a perfect cross for Vicente Vuoso. The Argentina-born striker headed at the front post and watched the ball go past the far post before burying his head in his hands.

With time running out, the Mexican coach had to be pulled back from the touchline when his side were refused a penalty.

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