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Mexico beat Japan with goals from Raul Jimenez and Hirving Lozano


Japan had been the better side in the first half in Graz, Austria , with Guillermo Ochoa making two important saves to keep the scores level going into the break.


Wolves striker Jimenez touched the ball only nine times in the first half, but was on hand to score from a tight angle with the outside of his right foot in the 63rd minute to give Mexico the lead.


Mexico extended its lead five minutes later when substitute Henry Martin split the Japanese defense with a through ball that Lozano latched onto and finished past keeper Daniel Schmidt .


The first 45 minutes firmly belonged to Japan, who stopped Mexico from having a single shot on target, while causing problems at the other end.


Ochoa made an outstanding save in the 12th, stretching out his left arm to tip Genki Haraguchi 's long-range shot over the crossbar.


The Mexican captain was forced into a double save three minutes later, as he smothered Musashi Suzuki's effort from inside the box and also stopped Junya Ito 's follow-up.






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