Mexico frozen out by Iceland in friendly

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Mexico were held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Iceland in their latest World Cup warm-up match on Wednesday.

Fielding a team of home-based players, Matias Vuoso had Mexico's first chance of the match played in North Carolina when he fired over after Paul Aguilar had pulled the ball back from the byline in the 20th minute.

Adolfo Bautista wasted their other first-half chance, heading another Aguilar cross wide from an unmarked position, while Jon Gudni Fjoluson's free-kick was deflected wide by Mexico goalkeeper Luis Michel in Iceland's only opening.

Mexico substitute Miguel Sabah fired against the crossbar just before the hour and was also denied by goalkeeper Gunnleifur Gunnleifsson as his team pressed for a late winner.

Mexico, who were in danger of missing out on the World Cup after a series of poor results under former coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, have lost only twice in 19 outings since former Atletico Madrid coach Javier Aguirre took over.

Aguirre's team face hosts South Africa, France and Uruguay in Group A at the World Cup in June.

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