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There was no miracle in the Estadio Azteca for the United States last night.

Despite taking the lead through Charlie Davies, the US slumped to a 2-1 defeat by Mexico, which boosts their hosts hopes of making the World Cup finals. Fulham’s Clint Dempsey was largely ineffective – saying that he was the best of a poor American midfield is rather damning him with faint praise – but he did last the full ninety minutes, which might raise questions over his participation at Portsmouth on Saturday.