Mexico’s Under-23 National Team
The Mexico Olympic squad crashed out of the Rio 2016 Olympics as Chang-Hoon Kwon’s 77th minute strike gave South Korea a place in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win on Wednesday.
Knowing a win would be enough to send El Tri to the next round, Raul “Potro” Gutierrez’s side huffed and puffed in search of a winner but ultimately to no avail as they failed to score against an organized South Korean team.
El Tri’ acquitted themselves well in the first half of the game, but it wasn’t until 62nd minute when they came closest to scoring when Carlos Cisneros blasted a shot into the left post.
South Korea seemed content to simply contain the Mexican attack, whose inability to turn their possession into chances made for a frustrating afternoon for El Tri fans.
Finally, Chang-Hoon Kwon smashed home with 13 minutes to go in what proved to be the winner for the South Koreans.
As the game drifted towards its conclusion, Hirving Lozano received a red, and at the final whistle, Mexico were eliminated from the competition.
South Korea will now take on Honduras for a spot in the semifinals.
Erick Gutierrez scored four goals as the Mexico Olympic squad bounced back from a first half deficit to see off Fiji 5-1 in their second game of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
The match was anything but straightforward for the defending gold medalists as Fiji took the lead inside the first ten minutes of the match. Alfredo Talavera was caught making a bad run by Roy Krisnah, who needed a simple header past the Toluca goalkeeper to give his side a surprise lead. The goal was Fiji’s first at any major soccer tournament in their history.
But Fiji’s joy only lasted until the second half when Pachuca midfielder Erick Gutierrez scored a hat-trick in space of just ten minutes to give Mexico a 3-1 lead early in the second half.
Carlos Salcedo then scored a fourth from a header before Gutierrez claimed a super poker, chipping goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau for the final 5-1 scoreline.
With the result, Mexico sit second in Group C and will now close their group stage with a must-win game against South Korea on Wednesday.
— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) August 7, 2016
The Mexico Olympic squad began their gold medal defense in an exciting 2-2 draw with Germany at the Arena Fonte Nova on Thursday.
Hirving “Chucky” Lozano came closest to grabbing the breakthrough after an early sustained period of dominance culminated in Timo Horn being forced to a great save from point-blank range.
But the scoring didn’t begin until the second half when Oribe Peralta, fondly remembered for being the main figure behind Mexico’s past gold medal triumph, headed home the go-ahead goal for El Tri.
Germany replied almost immediately, and Serge Gnabry, who came into the game as an early first half substitute, firing in the German equalizer.
The goal seemed to have mattered little as just three minutes later, Rodolfo Pizarro scored off a rebounded Marco Bueno header to put Raul “Potro” Gutierrez’s side back into the lead.
There would be one final goal on this one, though, and Matthias Ginter found himself unmarked to score the equalizer and earn Germany a hard-earned point against the defending champions.
Germany will now take on South Korea in their second game on Sunday, while Mexico will face Fiji.
— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) August 4, 2016
Mexico finished their Olympic preparations with one final warm-up game ahead of their trip to Brazil with a goaless stalemate against Argentina at the Estadio Cuauhtémoc on Thursday.
In truth, the game saw more cards than scoring chances, and the mood was set early when Hirving Lozano was caught by a bad tackle from an Argentine defender in under 10 minutes. Tempers threatened to flare throughout the 90 minutes, with both teams settling for a chippy affair.
Mexico’s best period of the game came early in the second half when Carlos Salcedo appeared to have headed home El Tri’s go-ahead goal, only to have the referee inexplicably wave the goal off for a foul on goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.
The only late drama of the game in the final minute of regular time when when Lautaro Gianetti was sent off for the Argentinians as both teams settled for a less-than-stellar draw.
Mexico will now travel to Rio de Janeiro and will officially start their gold medal defense when they take on Germany on August 4. On the other hand, Argentina will do the same, as they play their opening game against Algeria in the same day.
Alfredo Talavera, Oribe Peralta, and Jorge Torres Nilo will be Raul “Potro” Gutierrez’s three overage players as Mexico announced their squad for this summer’s Olympic tournament in Rio de Janeiro.
The 18-man squad also features youth national team regulars such as Erick Gutierrez, Rodolfo Pizarro, and Hirving Lozano, though there is no space for FC Porto goalkeeper Raul Gudino and Chivas midfielder Orbelin Pineda.
Coach Gutierrez was hoping to include PSV midfield Andres Guardado to bring in some star power, but the Dutch club admitted no contact was made for the Mexican captain.
Mexico’s tournament debut will come on August 4 when they travel to Salvador, Brazil to take on Germany at the Arena Fonte Nova.
Goalkeepers: Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Gibran Lajud (Xolos de Tijuana)
Defenders: Jose Abella (Santos Laguna), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Jordan Silva (Toluca), Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres), Carlos Salcedo (Chivas), Erick Aguirre (Pachuca)
Midfielders: Rodolfo Pizarro (Pachuca), Victor Guzman (Pachuca), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Carlos Cisneros (Chivas), Arturo Gonzalez (Monterrey), Michael Perez (Chivas)
Forwards: Marco Bueno (Chivas), Erick “Cubo” Torres (Houston Dynamo), Oribe Peralta (Club America) Hirving Lozano (Pachuca)