With advancement all-but-assured, Tata Martino made six changes to the starting XI that beat Canada on Wednesday; nevertheless, Mexico controlled possession for most of the game. In the 29th minute, Uriel Antuna continued his breakout performance as he cut in to the top of the box and sent a low shot into the corner to make it 1-0 for El Tri with his fourth goal of the tournament.
Martinique kept Mexico from running up the score with some stout defending, although it wasn’t until the second half that they began to create their own chances. Martinique stunned Mexico in the 56th minute as Kevin Parsemain sent his free kick into the upper corner to tie the game 1-1 in the 56th minute.
Raúl Jiménez quickly found a response, though, putting El Tri back in front in the 61st minute after an assist from Fernando Navarro.
Navarro then got on the scoresheet himself in the 72nd minute to make it 3-1, and it looked like Mexico was firmly back in control.
But Martinique kept themselves in the game and made things interesting with a goal from Jordy Delem in the 84th minute to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
They ultimately weren’t able to go on to find an equalizer, and Mexico held on for the 3-2 win.
Mexico will now face the Group B runner-up in the quarterfinals, while Martinique is eliminated.
Group Table – Group A
bold = advances to quarterfinals