March 28, 2018 / 5:47 AM / 4 months ago

Soccer: Mexico lose 1-0 to Croatia, Araujo suffers injury

(Reuters) - Mexico went down 1-0 to Croatia in a friendly on Tuesday and saw defender Nestor Araujo taken from the field on a stretcher with what looked like a serious injury to his left leg.

Mar 27, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Croatia forward Ante Rebic (18) shoots as Mexico defender Néstor Araujo (2) defends during the first half at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

With the World Cup finals just three months away, the injury to Araujo could be a big blow for the Mexicans, who will face Germany, Sweden and South Korea at the tournament in Russia.

Araujo was challenging Ante Rebic when he appeared to get his leg caught underneath the Croatian player.

Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute.

Mexico, who beat Iceland 3-0 on Friday, handed a 100th cap to striker Javier Hernandez.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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