Carlos Vela cancelled out a spectacular early opener from Michael Bradley as Mexico and the United States shared a point in Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.
The draw was more welcomed by the visiting north Americans, who had lost five of their previous seven qualifiers at the Aztec Stadium in the capital Mexico City.
However the game will be long remembered for an early opening goal from Toronto FC’s Bradley, who intercepted a loose pass on the halfway line and after seeing Guillermo Ochoa off his line and then chipped the goalkeeper from fully 40 yards out to give the visitors a sensational lead.
It took the hosts 17 minutes to level the score, with former Arsenal forward Vela finishing off a fast counter attack by rifling home past Brad Guzan from 22 yards out.
Mexico’s Hector Herrera struck a free kick off the bar from 30 yards after the break before Bradley hit a volley off the post from a similar distance four minutes later, but neither side were able to find the elusive winner.
The 1-1 draw leaves Mexico remain top of the six-team group with 14 points from six games, while the United States are third with eight points from the same number of matches.