Mexico, Nigeria play to 0-0 tie in Atlanta

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Raul Jimenez's late header for Mexico went just wide in a 0-0 tie with Nigeria in an exhibition game at the Georgia Dome.

The game between World Cup qualifiers attracted 68,212 fans, the largest crowd for a soccer game in Atlanta. The previous record was 54,229 for a 2013 Gold Cup doubleheader that included Mexico.

Nigerian backup goalkeeper Austin Ejide, a late sub for Vincent Enyeama, had to make a couple punch saves in the final 10 minutes, but he would not have blocked Jimenez's shot if it were on target. Jimenez got to a corner kick at the far post and his diving header sailed inches outside the post.

Mexico will play an exhibition game against the United States on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz.

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