Bradley celebrates his goal. Rebecca Blackwell
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US captain Michael Bradley scores filthy long-range chip against Mexico

The ex-Roma and Aston Villa midfielder produced a moment of brilliance at the Azteca last night.

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING leaders Mexico and rivals the US played out a thrilling 1-1 draw in Mexico City.

With political tensions high among the two nations, this was billed as the must-see international fixture of the weekend, and it did not disappoint after Carlos Vela cancelled out Michael Bradley’s sensational opener at the Estadio Azteca.

The Azteca cauldron was silenced when USA captain Bradley chipped Guillermo Ochoa from outside the penalty area in the sixth minute, though Vela restored parity before half-time in the fifth round of qualifying.

Bradley exquisitely chipped Ochoa from distance for a sixth-minute lead, much to the delight of the travelling fans.

On 23 minutes, the hosts broke free on the counter-attack and with the Americans outnumbered and out of position, Hernandez played the ball out to Vela, who cut insight on to his right foot before firing low and hard past Guzan.

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