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MEXICO CITY (AP) - After an embarrassing home loss against Honduras at Estadio Azteca, Jose Manuel De la Torre has been fired as the manager of Mexico and will be replaced by Luis Fernando Tena, the coach who led Mexico to an Olympic gold medal.

Mexico, which has been struggling in World Cup qualification with Chepo as coach, lost 2-1 against Honduras on Friday night. It was only their second loss at home in the history in World Cup qualifying matches played at Azteca and the first since June of 2001 when Costa Rica beat El Tri in a game remembered as the ``Aztecazo.''

Mexico earlier tied 0-0 at Azteca with the United States.

The Mexican Soccer Federation sent out a press release around 3 on Saturday morning saying: ``We made the decision to make a change and Luis Fernando Tena will be appointed as the new head coach.''

One of De la Torre' s top assistants, Tena is a two-time Mexican league champ but he's most remembered because he guided the Mexican Under-23 squad to a historic gold medal in London.

It was Mexico's first Olympic medal in team sports since a bronze in basketball in Berlin 1936. Tena will be introduced later on Saturday.

With just eight points after seven rounds, Mexico is fourth among the six-nation final qualifying group. Only the top three qualify for Brazil 2014 while the fourth will go into a playoff series against Oceania winner, New Zealand. Mexico has not missed a World Cup since Italy 1990.

The Associated Press News Service

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