The expected result came about in an unexpected fashion as Mexico beat Bermuda 2-1 in the conclusion of Group B play in the 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League. El Tri was expected to roll past Bermuda; instead, the visitors took the lead and were just minutes away from earning a historic draw before Mexico scored in stoppage time to complete the comeback.
Bermuda shocked the crowd in the Estadio Nemesio Diez in the 10th minute, when Dante Leverock headed home a corner kick from Osagi Bascome to make it 0-1 for the visitors.
The Gombey Warriors looked to defend that unexpected lead by dropping back and putting in an impressive defensive effort. But a moment of magic in the 27th minute gave Mexico the equalizer, as Sebastián Córdova faked out his defender and sent his shot from outside the box into the top right corner to make it 1-1 with his golazo.
It may have been expected that the goal would open the floodgates for El Tri, but the hosts struggled to turn their possession into more clear chances. Mexico was already qualified for the semifinals, of course, while Bermuda was fighting to earn second place in the group and with it, a spot in the next Gold Cup, which may have led to El Tri taking the game too lightly. Or the altitude of Toluca may have been taking a toll.
But whatever the reason, Mexico didn’t look entirely convincing. In fact, one of the more exciting moments of the second half came when a cat ran onto the field.
As time wore on, it looked like Bermuda would walk away with a hard-fought point, bragging rights, and second place in the group…until the third minute of stoppage time, when Uriel Antuna struck. A rare defensive miscue saw Bermuda unable to clear the ball away, and it eventually worked its way to Antuna, who finished from close range to give Mexico the 2-1 lead.
With the 2-1 win, Mexico reaches 12 points while Bermuda still has three.