Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie said representing Scotland at the Azteca Stadium was an unforgettable experience.
The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat by Mexico, with Giovani dos Santos’ early goal giving the World Cup-bound side a winning send-off in front of 71,000 fans.
Shinnie, who made his international debut in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss in Peru, said: “It was a tough atmosphere against a good Mexican team.
“It is an experience that I will learn from and never forget.
“Being in the stadium was unbelievable.
“It was a good game against some top players.
“I enjoyed it, even though the conditions were difficult and something I will potentially never experience again.
“In the first half I felt like I was swallowing sand at one point.
“The whole trip has been brilliant and something I will definitely learn from.”
Scotland went close to claiming a draw with Oli McBurnie’s second-half header bouncing back off the post.
Shinnie added: “We tried to keep our shape as much as we could.
“We knew they would keep possession really well.
“It was about trying to keep the ball when we turned it over and get forward.
“It was tough but we managed to do it, especially in the second half. We had a good go in the second half and we were disappointed when Oli’s header came back off the post.
“We created a lot more in the second half.”
It was also a match to savour for Shinnie’s Aberdeen team-mate Scott McKenna, who captained the side on only his fourth appearance for the national side.
The 21-year-old is the only Scot to play every minute under Alex McLeish’s tenure so far.