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Mexico, Nigeria play to 0-0 tie in exhibition game in Atlanta

  • Mexico's Oribe Peralta (19) heads the ball in front of Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo (4) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

    Mexico's Oribe Peralta (19) heads the ball in front of Nigeria's Kenneth Omeruo (4) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nigeria goalie Vincent Enyeama (1) blocks in front of Mexico's Javier Hernandez during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

    Nigeria goalie Vincent Enyeama (1) blocks in front of Mexico's Javier Hernandez during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi (17) controls the ball in front of Mexico's Andres Guardado during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)

    Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi (17) controls the ball in front of Mexico's Andres Guardado during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Tulis)  (The Associated Press)

Raul Jimenez's late header for Mexico went just wide in a 0-0 tie with Nigeria in an exhibition game at the Georgia Dome.

The game between World Cup qualifiers attracted 68,212 fans, the largest crowd for a soccer game in Atlanta. The previous record was 54,229 for a 2013 Gold Cup doubleheader that included Mexico.

Nigerian backup goalkeeper Austin Ejide, a late sub for Vincent Enyeama, had to make a couple punch saves in the final 10 minutes, but he would not have blocked Jimenez's shot if it were on target. Jimenez got to a corner kick at the far post and his diving header sailed inches outside the post.

Mexico will play an exhibition game against the United States on April 2 in Glendale, Ariz.