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Mexico players take lessons from Argentina rout

Sebi Salazar recaps Mexico's humbling defeat to Argentina, which was Tata Martino's first loss as El Tri manager.

SAN ANTONIO -- Mexico's 4-0 loss against Argentina on Sunday ended El Tri unbeaten run in 2019, but despite the thrashing, players are hoping to learn from the experience.

Mexico started brightly, but mistakes capitalized on by clinical hat-trick hero Lautaro Martinez saw Argentina head into the break four goals ahead, with the game at times looking like it would get even more ugly for El Tri, bringing back memories of the 7-0 loss to Chile in Copa America Centenario in 2016.

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Simply put: Mexico was thrashed on Tuesday night. In a friendly against El Tri, Argentina completely obliterated the North American side that limped to a 4-0 loss at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The result marks the first defeat in 2019 for Mexico manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino.


A silver-lining is that this was a humbling and necessary moment for Mexico. Keeping in mind that the team appeared to be on cloud nine after last week's 3-0 win over the United States, Tuesday's result was...