Mexico National Team
1) Neither team could break through.
There will be questions as to whether Juan Carlos Osorio got the formation right. Either way, there was little anybody could do from stopping the snoozefest witnessed in Panama City on Tuesday. Effective high pressure saw Panama tip the scales lightly in their favor, but as the game drew closer to the final minute, it became evident both teams didn’t mind earning a point from this match.
Mexico were unable to mark their Hexagonal start with two straight victories as they were held to a goalless draw by Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez on Tuesday.
The result leaves Mexico second in the Hexagonal standings, but Juan Carlos Osorio will be able to draw positives which saw El Tri earn four points from two tough visits.
Chances were hard to fashion through the course of the 90 minutes, but Panama were a threat on the break and had the more dangerous of the chances.
The deadlock was closest to being broken after 80 minutes when Adolfo Machado whipped in a cross from the right and Guillermo Ochoa denied Luis Tejada’s bicycle kick attempt from a few yards out.
Although the winner didn’t come, Panama will also feel good about the point after beating Honduras in San Pedro Sula a few days earlier.
Mexico don’t resume World Cup qualifying until March when they host Hexagonal-leading Costa Rica at the Estadio Azteca.
— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) November 16, 2016
1) Dos a cero is no more.
As we say in Spanish, “No hay quinto malo.” The fifth time was the charm for the Mexico national team as they took home the first three points of the Hexagonal with a 2-1 win over the United States. El Tri shook off the “Dos a cero” curse, and ignoring the doubters, Juan Carlos Osorio came away with a morale-boosting victory. Make no mistake, this was a huge victory, something to be proud of.
Rafael Marquez scores from a header in the 89th minute as the Mexico national team earned their first ever victory in Columbus, Ohio with a 2-1 win over the United States on Friday.
El Tri put the Stars and Stripes in early pressure and came close to taking the lead when Jesus “Tecatito” Corona struck the woodwork from outside the box.
But Mexico eventually got the breakthrough they deserved moments later when Miguel Layun converted from long-range to give Juan Carlos Osorio’s side the lead.
Mexico controlled much of the remainder of the first half, but were made rue their missed chances when the United States equalized early in the second half through Bobby Wood.
The United States nearly took the lead moments later, but Alfredo Talavera was fortunate on more than one occasion to keep El Tri in the game.
With the game nearing the 90th minute of play, Rafael Marquez appeared unmarked in the near post to head home a Miguel Layun corner to give El Tri and emphatic win away from home.
The result was Mexico’s first victory in American soil in World Cup qualifiers in 44 years. Next, El Tri will travel to Panama City to take on Panama on Tuesday.
1) Snoozefest in Bridgeview.
In the pool of recent Mexico national team performances, this game is not one that will be remembered for a long time. Moments of excitement were strictly rationed, with the only worthwhile moment of the first half being a saved Giovani dos Santos shot.
The second half was a little better, largely in part to Hirving Lozano. Though Panama put in plenty of effort in defending, Lozano managed to break through in the 59th minute, combining with Oribe Peralta before Giovani dos Santos picked out the Club America striker for the eventual winner.
That would be the high point of the match as Mexico would hold on to an uninspiring victory.