Mexico ends 2014 with loss to 106th-ranked Belarus; Jimenez scores twice

BORISOV, Belarus (AP) — Belarus ended Mexico's five-game unbeaten run on Tuesday, winning 3-2 at home in a friendly.

Mexico struggled in sub-zero conditions at the Borisov Arena and went down to an 81st-minute goal from Pavel Nyakhaychyk after having twice taken the lead.

The first half had finished goalless before a rush of four goals in eight minutes shortly after the break. Raul Jimenez twice put Mexico in front but Belarus responded swiftly on both occasions.

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Sergei Kislyak scored on the rebound after a penalty before debutant Nikolai Signevich headed in Belarus' second equalizer.

The loss is Mexico's first since defeat losing to the Netherlands at the World Cup. Belarus, which is 89 places below Mexico in the FIFA rankings at 106th, had lost its previous three matches.

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