Striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored four goals today to boost Mexico to a 5-1 victory over Saudi Arabia in Confederations Cup first-round play.

Mexico won the Group A game before a crowd of 100,000 at Aztec Stadium.

Blanco began his string of goals in the 10th minute, when he spun on the edge of the six-yard line to catch a free kick from Pavel Pardo with his left foot and send it flying past goalkeeper Mohammed Al Deayea.

Eight minutes later, Blanco scored his second with a header off a corner.

Shortly after, Mexico's Jose Manuel Abundis scored from outside the penalty area.

After Saudi Arabia's Ibrahim Al Harbi converted a penalty kick in the 62nd minute, Blanco finished his big day with goals in the 68th and 77th minutes.

BOLIVIA 2, EGYPT 2: Egypt took the lead in the seventh minute on a goal by Abdelsatar Sabry before Limberg Gutierrez equalized in the 20th minute with a 20-yard free kick for Bolivia, which took the lead in the 40th minute with a blistering shot from Reny Ribera.

However, Egypt re-tied the score from another free kick, one that Yasser Radwan blasted home after 62 minutes.

D.C. United midfielder Marco Etcheverry started the game on the bench for Bolivia but saw action in the 71st minute as he replaced Gutierrez. United forward Jaime Moreno did not get any playing time for Bolivia.