It's been a big week for the United States of America; following the shock election of Donald Trump as their new president. And the USA's World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Friday stood to hold further significance.
The controversial 70-year-old secured his takeover of the White House on Wednesday, after having made incriminating comments about Mexico earlier in the year.
So when Jurgen Klinsmann's USA took on El Tri at the Mapfre Stadium in Columbus, the tie was more than just about taking the opportunity to get a further three points towards qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia - it became very political, too.
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Trump had heavily criticised America's 'friends' south of the border during the summer in a scathing attack on drugs and rapists in Mexico, saying: “[Mexico] are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.”
However, little did the newly-elected president of America - set to take charge of one of the most powerful nations in the world - realise how much his controversial statement would be used against him - albeit, in a football match!
"I will build a great, great wall." said Trump, referring to the US-Mexico border in a bid to tighten immigration control between the two north American nations.
Unfortunately for Trump, Klinsmann's change of formation left the USA looking disjointed during the first-half and deserving of going a goal behind to a 20th-minute Miguel Layun strike.
15-year resistance broken
Stars and Stripes forward Bobby Wood did, however, pull a goal back early in the second-half, but it was ultimately to be the Mexican's day, after Rafael Marquez netted a late header to inflict a first home defeat on the US in 15 years.
But while the defeat leaves the USA fourth in their qualifying group, behind El Tri, Mexicans took great satisfaction from their win, which will be seen as a minor victory over their neighbours north of the border.
While some Mexicans produced banners relating to Trump, for their trip to Columbus, Twitter also hilariously got in on the act of slating the newly-elected president on Twitter, following Mexico's victory.
Exactly how Mexico ended the USA's 15-year home resistance can be seen in the highlights below - but, in this instance, it certainly didn't involve a wall. A big victory in footballing terms, but still a long battle ahead between Mexico and Trump.
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