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Mexico and Denmark play to 1-1 draw in exhibition match

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    Mexico mid-feilder Javier Aquino (11) shields Denmark midfielder Nicolai Jorgensen (9) from the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)The Associated Press

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    Mexico defenseman Jorge Torres Nilo (20), right, challenges Denmark mid-fielder Emil Larsen (10) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)The Associated Press

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    Mexico defenseman Jorge Torres Nilo (20), right, battles with Denmark mid-fielder Emil Larsen (10) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)The Associated Press

Andrea Cornelius scored on a penalty kick in the 84th minute to give Denmark a 1-1 draw against Mexico on Wednesday night in an international soccer friendly at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Marco Fabian gave Mexico a 1-0 lead on a penalty in the 68th minute after midfielder Javier Aquino was pulled down just inside the 18-yard box. The lead lasted about 16 minutes, when Cornelius was fouled in the penalty area by Mexico's Jorge Torres Nilo.

It was the 2013 opener for Mexico, the highest-ranked team from North America in FIFA's world soccer rankings at No. 15. Mexico begins World Cup qualifying Feb. 6 in Mexico City against Jamaica.

The final result drew a few jeers from the Mexican partisan crowd of 43,345, which was believed to be the second-largest to see a soccer match in the state of Arizona. Denmark entered the match as FIFA's 23rd-ranked team.