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World Cup: Historic win for Mexico

June 18, 2010 |  4:25 am


Mexico said it was coming to the World Cup to make history. And even though El Tri has played only two games, it has already made good on that promise.

Not only was Thursday's impressive 2-0 win over France the first for Mexico over the former world champions but both of its goals were historic as well.

Javier Hernandez's score, his first in only his second World Cup match, was the 2,100 in tournament history, coming almost four years to the day since Sweden's Marcus Allback scored No. 2,000.

The second goal was scored by Cuauhtemoc Blanco on a penalty kick and it was also record-making in that it made the 37-year-old striker the first Mexican player to score in three different World Cups. He is also the third-oldest player to score a Cup goal behind only Cameroon's Roger Milla (42 years and 39 days) and Sweden's Gunnar Gren (37 years and 236 days).

-- Kevin Baxter, reporting from Johannesburg

Photo: Mexico striker Javier Hernandez dribbles around France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris before netting the first goal of Thursday's World Cup Group A game. Credit: Omar Torres / AFP / Getty Images