Mexico's attack started to solidify after the break when Carlos Vela replaced Alberto Medina. The combination of Dos Santos, Vela, and Sabah on the attack created several opportunities.
Vela fed Dos Santos a nice pass in the box but got tripped up by US defender Jay Heap. The Jamaican referee correctly pointed to the spot.
Gerardo Torrado confidently converted the penalty with a powerful shot down the middle. This was only a hint of things to come.
MEX 1 - USA 0