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Chelsea's Miazga mocks Lainez's height as tensions boil over in USMNT win over Mexico

Goal.com logo Goal.com 12/9/2018

The Nantes defender went at the Club America teenager after a second half foul, which prompted fireworks between the two sides

The United States national team defeated Mexico 1-0 in Nashville on Tuesday night thanks to a Tyler Adams goal, but it was Matt Miazga who may have set off the night's fireworks.

With the the contest between the North American rivals scoreless in the 65th minute, Miazga got into it with promising Mexico midfielder Diego Lainez , prompting a coming together of both teams.

It started when Miazga and Lainez were chasing a ball over the top. The Nantes defender, on-loan from Chelsea, won it and was fouled by the Club America teenager.

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The two players got into each other’s faces, with Miazga then gesturing to the much shorter Lainez about the teenager’s height.

Mexico forward Angel Zaldivar immediately got between the pair, with USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen also getting into the mix.

Miazga drifted away, but continued to mock Lainez’s height from across a group of players, which prompted Mexico defender Edson Alvarez to bump his USMNT counterpart.

Tempers flared further, with the linesman and the referee having to break the fracas up, though the only yellow card was issued to Alvarez. Miazga had already picked up a caution earlier in the contest.

Tensions did not ease, however, when play resumed moments later.

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