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USMNT outlast Mexico in unforgettable CONCACAF Nations League thriller

USMNT outlast Mexico in unforgettable CONCACAF Nations League thriller  Goal.com

Christian Pulisic and Ethan Horvath proved to be the heroes as the U.S. took down their local rivals

The U.S. men's national team took down rivals Mexico 3-2 in the first-ever CONCACAF Nations League final as Christian Pulisic buried a 114th-minute penalty before Ethan Horvath saved a spot kick at the other end in the 120th minute to earn the U.S. their first trophy since the 2017 Gold Cup.

Pulisic's spot-kick in extra time served as the big moment of what was a typically chaotic clash between the two eternal foes, with head coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino sent off to go along with several crowd issues throughout the match.

And, despite Mexico taking the lead in each half, the young USMNT fought back to force extra time, where Chelsea star Pulisic stepped up to win his second trophy in eight days while Horvath established himself as a USMNT hero with a last-gasp penalty save to conclude a rollercoaster of a match.

What happened?

It didn't take long for the game to completely change as Mexico took advantage of a USMNT blunder just two minutes in.

After receiving a backpass, USMNT centerback Mark McKenzie tried to play a sideways ball to DeAndre Yedlin, only to see his pass intercepted by Jesus Corona, who blasted a shot by Zack Steffen to give Mexico the 1-0 lead.

Mexico take the lead 62 seconds into the @CNationsLeague Final

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