Six teams headed to Brazil were in action on Tuesday, with the only World Cup qualifier that lost its friendly doing so with a drastically changed squad. With nine changes to the team that bested Ecuador on Saturday, Miguel Herrera seemed less concerned with getting Mexico a win than taking a final look at players he may be considering for his starting lineup.
Elsewhere, two seeded teams posted multi-goal victories, while two nations targeting second place in their groups failed to covert their chances in Philadelphia.
Here’s a rundown of the day’s results:
Switzerland 2-0 Peru – The last World Cup warm up for Group E’s seeded side nearly ended in a disappointing draw in Lucerne, but with goals in the 74th and 84th minutes from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Xherdan Shaqiri, Ottmar Hitzfeld’s team salvaged a respectable result. With just one loss in their last 18 matches, Switzerland leaves for Brazil on Friday.
Brazil 4-0 Panama – Neymar added a back heel assist to his early free kick goal to leads the Seleçao to a decisive victory in Goiás. Dani Alves had given the World Cup hosts a 2-0 lead by halftime, but goals from Hulk and Willian doubling the team’s lead before the final whistle.
Greece 0-0 Nigeria – A pro-Greece crowd a PPL Park saw the sides share chances in the first half, but as the second half played out, the Super Eagles looked closer to claiming the game’s first goal. By full time, however, despite late chances for each side, nine combined shots on target couldn’t produce a goal, with the Nigerians held scoreless ahead of Saturday’s meeting with the United States.
Mexico 0-1 Bosnia-Herzegovina – Herrera’s mass changes led to a flat showing at Solider Field in Chicago. With an announcement on the team’s starting lineup expected in the next couple of days, Mexico conceded to Izet Hajrovic just before halftime. Despite introducing Isaac Brizuela, Alan Pulido, Andres Guardado, Giovani dos Santos, and Marco Fabián in the second half, El Tri was held scoreless ahead Friday’s trip to Gillette Stadium.