Mexico’s U-20 squad put their first game of the World Cup qualification phase to rest with a 9-1 victory over Cuba in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Sergio Almaguer’s men cruised to victory with goals from Alejandro Diaz, Guillermo Martinez, Hirving Lozano, Jose David Ramirez, and Luis Marquez.
Eddy Luis Saname scored the lone goal for Cuba.
It didn’t take long for Mexico to get in the score sheet. Only 34 seconds into the game, Alejandro Diaz raced into a diagonal cross to score the first.
Cuba started well, however, and Eddy Luis Saname equalized almost instantly.
Mexico recovered the lead only three minutes later through Guillermo Martinez, and the onslaught of goals started.
Mexico welcomed Pachuca youngster Hirving Lozano to the team for this tournament, and he didn’t disappoint. After assisting Alejandro Diaz for his second, Hirving Lozano scored two more to make it 5-1.
In the closing stages of the first half, Hirving Lozano made strides through the right and laid it off to Ramirez to make things 6-1 before the break.
Ramirez doubled his tally early in the second half, and Martinez earned his brace through a penalty for the 8-1.
With the game long since won, Hirving Lozano came off for Luis Marquez, and it was Marquez who put the final nail in the coffin to make things 9-1, two minutes after coming on.
Mexico will now play Canada on Monday in the second game of their World Cup qualification campaign.