They say all good things must come to an end and that came true for the the United States Men's National Team The U.S. would not continue its dominance over Mexico forever that featured four straight 2-0 wins in Columbus.
An 89th minute header from El Tri's Rafael Marquez ended that run and a streak of 10 matches without a loss in MAPFRE Stadium.
Playing in a surprise 3-5-2 formation, the U.S. struggled to settle into the match early on. Conversely, Mexico did not let the 24,650 red, white and blue-clad fans discourage its effort.
El Tri came close to open the scoring after just 10 minutes when Jesús Manuel Corona fired a shot that goalkeeper Tim Howard tipped off the post.
Ten minutes later Mexico finally broke the spell that MAPFRE Stadium had over them. After U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley lost a challenge for the ball in the American defensive end, Miguel Layún jumped on the loose ball and rifled it by Howard to end the four-match shutout streak in Columbus for the visitors.
Just before the 30th minute mark, Juan Carlos Osorio made his first substitute, bringing Carlos Salcedo off the bench for Andrés Guardado. During that time, the U.S. players came to talk to head coach Jürgen Klinsmann and the Americans returned to the field in a 4-4-2.
Bad became worse for the U.S. when Howard shanked a goal kick out of bounds and immediately crumpled to the ground. The goalkeeper attempted to stay in the match, but was substituted for Brad Guzan just before the half.
Whatever was said during intermission worked for the Yanks, who came out of the locker room looking much improved.
After just a minute of play, a ball fell to forward Jozy Altidore, who's shot was blocked. The follow up by midfielder Jermaine Jones was also deflected, but it was a sign of things to come.
In the 49th minute, a long clear reached Altidore, who held up play before turning and feeding his strike partner Bobby Wood. The Hamburg player skipped by his defender before calmly dispatching the ball into the net to pull level.
Following the goal, which reinvigorated the crowd, the U.S. began to take control of the match.
Bradley found a wide-open Omar Gonzalez at the near post on a 58th minute corner kick that was right to Talavera. Bradley followed that up a minute later with a strike of his own that resulted in an easy save, but the Americans were pushing.
The frustration from El Tri was typified when Héctor Herrera was booked for diving inside the U.S. penalty area. The replay showed contact was made, but no spot kick was awarded.
With just over 15 minutes to play, Wood came close. The American forward showed his own strength in shielding the ball from the Mexican defender in the box, before turning to a fire a shot that forced a quick save from Talavera.
Three minutes later and it was Altidore with a dangerous free kick that the goalkeeper had to tip over the crossbar.
All the U.S. pressure was erased in the final minute of regulation when the Mexican captain got free on a corner kick and headed home the go ahead goal from the near post.
After three minutes of stoppage time and much delaying, the final whistle blew and the Mexicans earned the first-ever win in Columbus and a precious three points to begin the final stage of World Cup Qualifying.