Soccer-Mexico flirt with ignominy in NZ World Cup clash

(Repeats fixing typos) By Carlos Calvo MEXICO CITY, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Mexico’s self-esteem as a soccer nation has taken a battering in the past two months, and to lose their intercontinental playoff to New Zealand and miss the 2014 World Cup would be the final indignity. Yet if they continue to underperform, as they did in the CONCACAF group campaign, they risk becoming only the fourth Mexico team in history to fail to qualify for the finals. Miguel Herrera, the stocky, tough-talking coach, is entrusted with salvaging the nation’s pride in the two-leg playoff with the All Whites. The first leg is on Wednesday (2030 GMT) at the Azteca, where Mexico’s recent form has been poor, with one win and three goals in four matches.

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