Mexico extended their winless streak to seven games after a 0-0 draw with Honduras on Wednesday night, their longest winless stretch since 2001. The result – and the overall performance – failed to provide a confidence boost for El Tri ahead of the Gold Cup, and to make matters worse star striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernández left the game with what is being reported as a fractured collarbone.
The two teams combined for more fouls than shots, and referee Armando Villarreal let things get a bit out of hand as he only cautioned two players despite the rough play. A collision with Brayan Beckeles left Hernández on the ground in obvious pain in the 39th minute, with “Chicharito” leaving the stadium in an ambulance for tests.
The injury was a significant blow for Mexico, and before it they were controlling the game well. Carlos Vela had a pair of shots hit the woodwork and Chicharito also came close to opening the scoring. Despite Vela’s impact, he was subbed off early in the second half, and Mexico struggled to adjust after his departure.
El Tri created little of note going forward in the second half, although Jesús “Tecatito” Corona had a good penalty shout denied in the 76th minute. Meanwhile, Honduras had a chance or two of their own, such as Andy Najar’s 80th-minute shot that Diego Reyes cleared off the line.
The goalless draw raised more questions than it answered for Mexico, and Chicharito’s assumed absence from the Gold Cup could deal a significant blow to their title hopes.
Next up for Mexico is their Gold Cup opener against Cuba on Thursday, July 9th.
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Paul Aguilar, Francisco Rodríguez, Diego Reyes, Miguel Layún, Carlos Esquivel (Jonathan dos Santos 75′), José Juan Vázquez, Héctor Herrera (Jesús Manuel Corona 41′), Andrés Guardado (Jesús Dueñas 87′), Javier Hernández (Oribe Peralta 40′), Carlos Vela (Giovani dos Santos 56′).
Honduras: Donia Escober, Brayan Beckeles, Maynor Figueroa, Henry Figueroa, Johny Palacios, Bryan García (Wilmer Crisanto 56′), Andy Najar, Alfredo Mejía (Jorge Aarón Claros 57′), Bryan Josué Acosta (Carlos Israel Discus 86′), Mario Martínez (Oscar García 75′), Antony Lozano (Rubilo Castillo 69′).