In a closer game than they were perhaps expecting, Mexico earned a victory by the minimum difference against Trinidad and Tobago to remain unbeaten in World Cup qualifying. The result keeps Mexico at the top of the table while dropping T&T into last.
The hosts had the better of play in the first half, and in the 32nd minute, T&T thought they had taken the lead. However, Joevin Jones’s would-be goal from a fast break was controversially disallowed after a dubious offside call and the game remained 0-0.
Mexico came out of the halftime break with a new energy, though, and they started the second half strongly with Héctor Herrera hitting the post in the 47th minute.
Ten minutes after that, Mexico took the lead from a set piece. Miguel Layún swung in a corner kick and an unmarked Diego Reyes was there to head it home, making it 0-1 for El Tri.
Chicharito nearly made it two in the 66th minute after a pass from Carlos Vela, but he slipped at a crucial moment and couldn’t get his effort on frame.
T&T continued to press for an equalizer and in the 76th minute they earned a free kick in a dangerous spot; however, Jones sent his strike into the defensive wall.
With the 0-1 win, Mexico reaches 10 points while Trinidad and Tobago still have three.
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Trinidad and Tobago: Jan Michael Williams, Curtis Gonzales, Daniel Cyrus, Mekeil Williams, Aubrey David, Khaleem Hyland (Andre Boucaud 66′), Kevan George, Joevin Jones, Cordell Cato (Willis Plaza 81′), Kenwyne Jones (Jamille Boatswain 66′), Kevin Molino.
Mexico: Alfredo Talavera, Héctor Moreno, Néstor Araujo, Luis Reyes, Carlos Salcedo (Jesús Gallardo 67′), Diego Reyes (Orbelín Pineda 75′), Héctor Herrera, Miguel Layún, Jesús Molina, Javier Hernández, Raúl Jiménez (Carlos Vela 57′).