Mexico earned a spot in the 2015 U-20 FIFA World Cup by defeating El Salvador 3-1. It was El Tri’s fourth win in four matches, and they are guaranteed to finish top of the group.
In truth, there was little to talk about in the first half. Mexico’s best opportunity came in the 33rd minute when Hirving Lozano dashed through the right-wing and crossed it into the box. Guillermo Martinez got a header into it, but the ball went just above the crossbar.
Mexico’s attack was not anywhere what was expected, but in the 62nd minute, the ball bounced into Jose David Ramirez who lobbed a header at goal. The El Salvador goalkeeper couldn’t get a hand on it, and the ball settled into the back of the net for Mexico’s opener.
Two minutes later, Mexico doubled their lead when Alejandro Diaz scored from a diving header.
With the flood gates opened, Hirving Lozano sprinted past his defender before being brought down inside the box. Amid senior national team manager, Miguel Herrera, looking from the stands, Lozano hammered the penalty to make things 3-0.
In the 87th minute, Nelson Moreno found himself unmarked on a corner to score for La Selecta. But the goal would serve as just a consolation prize, and at the final whistle, Mexico sealed their participation in this summer’s U-20 World Cup.
The young El Tri side will conclude their group stage participation with a game against Haiti on Thursday, and will face either Panama or Guatemala in the title game.