In a close FIFA U-17 World Cup match in Bandung, 10-man Venezuela earned a point against Mexico thanks to a late penalty converted by Nicola Profeta.
Alejandro Cichero scored a close-range header after a corner, giving Venezuela—who had defeated New Zealand in their Group F opener—an early lead.
However, Giovanny Sequera’s straight red card for a lunging challenge on Brandon Lomeli five minutes before halftime made the South Americans’ task much more difficult.
Profeta’s long-range strike against the crossbar early in the second half put Venezuela within inches of taking a 2-0 lead, but two goals from Mexico in the next six minutes completely changed the course of play.
In the 62nd minute, Luis Ortiz was allowed to advance to the edge of the box and beat Jorge Sanchez with a low drive after Stephano Carrillo had tied the score with a header from Fidel Barajas’s cross.
However, there was still time for further drama when, six minutes from time, Profeta stepped up to score from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Paolo Bedolla was sent out for a reckless challenge.