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Mexico beats United States 1-0 to win Gold Cup. Hernandez scores in 43d as 99,000 watch.

LOS ANGELES (Sunday, February 15, 1998) -- The United States national team returned to earth tonight as striker Luis Hernandez scored in the 43d minute to lift Mexico to a 1-0 victory for the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship before a sellout crowd of 91,255 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

An overflow of 6,941 also watched a closed-circuit broadcast at the adjacent Los Angeles Sports Arena as Hernandez slipped past defender Alexi Lalas to take a right-side cross from Salvador Carmona and drill a six-yard header just inside the right post past helpless goalkeeper Kasey Keller.

Five days after recording its first-ever victory over Brazil, the U.S. saw an end come to its six-game winning streak, the longest in history, and its nine-game unbeaten string, which tied the previous best.

The last time the United States and Mexico met for the Gold Cup title was on July 25, 1993 with Mexico winning in a 4-0 rout before a crowd of 120,000 at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

In the third place match. Romario volleyed home a cross from Junior in the 77th minute as Brazil outlasted Jamaica 1-0.