ARLINGTON -- There was no need to apologize at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
No need to apologize for the vuvuzelas. No need to apologize for finishing off one or two or 10 Tecates. No need to apologize for leaving the house Sunday morning dressed as an Aztec warrior.
When you're Mexico and you beat Brazil in futbol, there are no apologies, no asterisks.
Playing in front of 84,516 at Cowboys Stadium, the Mexican national soccer team rode first-half goals by Giovani Dos Santos and Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez to a 2-0 victory Sunday over a young and inexperienced Brazil team.
How young and how inexperienced, frankly, is not Mexico's problem.
"We won versus a powerful team," Mexico coach Jose Manuel de la Torre said after the contest. "It's part of the preparation. They are preparing for the Olympic Games. We have the [World Cup] qualifying match against Guyana.
"It's not always that you can win against a strong team like this. You have to take your opportunities. We killed two birds with one stone, beating a strong opponent and also getting what we needed for our preparation."
Mexico begins its World Cup qualifying run against Guyana on Friday in Mexico City.
By all measures, the Mexicans appear to be ready. Dominating on defense and frustrating its mostly younger opponents, Mexico struck early on Dos Santos' bender off the far right goal post, and Brazil never seemed to recover.
Later, Brazil coach Mano Menezes called the Mexican side "fortunate" to get the goal at the 22-minute mark.
"Giovani was crossing to the box and scored a goal," Menezes said.
Maybe Dos Santos was and maybe he wasn't.
The "shot" came after a long pass from midfielder Pablo Barrera, and whether it was a crossing attempt or not, Dos Santos did his part by creating space to get the ball away from an extreme angle.
It moved briskly through the six-yard box and hooked in right at the far post, bringing the crowd -- the largest ever to see a soccer match in Texas -- roaring to its feet.
Until that point, the Brazilians had controlled the time of possession.
And even after the first goal, as Menezes pointed out, "Brazil still kept control. But we made a mistake passing the ball back into the box, which shouldn't be done.
"We expected some mistakes for a team that's only playing its third game and was behind in the score for the first time. Mexico was more effective."
Menezes was right, in some respects. The yellow jerseys were familiar, but there was no Ronaldinho, no Kaka, as Brazil -- which doesn't have to qualify for the 2014 World Cup as the host country -- has opted to use this period of friendlies to prepare its mostly under-23 team for the Olympics.
But it's not like the perennial soccer superpower doesn't have young talent growing on its trees like bananas. Brazil tuned up for its Texas visit by defeating Denmark and the United States. Menezes' team is hardly the international freshmen that some have made them out to be.
"We came into this game having played well in two significant wins," Menezes said. "But we started out rushing, and the Mexican team was well-positioned in the back. We ended up giving them opportunities for counterattacks, which they like.
"In the second half, we exposed ourselves. We needed a little more calm. When the match was 0-0, we needed a little more patience, to roll the ball more, and to exercise maturity. But it's normal. These are young players, not only in age but also in experience."
The Brazilians' frustration showed itself just 10 minutes after the first goal when Juan clumsily upended Dos Santos in the penalty area. Chicharito buried the penalty kick in the right corner of the net, and Mexico had its 2-0 lead.
No apologies are necessary. For Mexico, Jesus Corona was outstanding in goal on the scattered occasions when he was called to be.
Defensive heroes were numerous. Time after time, the Mexicans were more than equal to the Brazilian speed down the sides.
Mexico 2, Brazil 0. No asterisks. No excuses, much to most of the record crowd's delight.
Gil LeBreton, 817-390-7697