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 group stage of the 2019-20 CONCACAF Nations League wraps up this week, and Group B concludes with Mexico hosting Bermuda.
El Tri has gone three-for-three in the group stage and is already qualified for the semifinal round, while Bermuda is currently sitting in last place in the group table. They would move above Panama into second in the unlikely instance of earning a win or draw in Toluca; otherwise, they’ll remain in third.
The second-place finisher in each group will qualify for the next Gold Cup, while the third-place finishers will have to try to earn a spot there in another round of qualifying. In addition, the third-place finisher in each group will be relegated to League B for the next round of the Nations League tournament.
Mexico remained perfect in the group stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League with a 0-3 away win against Panama. The result guarantees a spot for El Tri in the tournament semifinals.
Mexico had an early scare when Alberto Quintero got free on the right and sent a dangerous low cross in for Gabriel Torres, but Memo Ochoa as able to make the save to keep it 0-0 in the 4th minute. Torres felt he was fouled by César Montes on the play, but the referee was content to wave play on and there is no VAR in the Nations League.
Mexico made it two wins out of two as they downed Panama 3-1 on Tuesday night. The victory moves Mexico into sole possession of first place in Group B, while Panama and Bermuda remain tied on three points.
Panama was hoping to provide a steeper test than Bermuda did this past Friday, but Mexico looked comfortable from the start. After enjoying the majority of possession, El Tri took the lead in the 28th minute through Roberto Alvarado, whose shot from the top of the box made it 1-0 for the hosts.
The group stage of the CONCACAF Nations League continues this week with Mexico hosting Panama in Group B play.
Mexico had their first game in the competition this past Friday, where they beat Bermuda 5-1 away. That was enough to put El Tri in first place in the group based on goal difference; Panama and Bermuda split their series last month, leaving all three teams with three points.
Mexico will now look to take definitive control of the group with a home victory in this one.
As expected, Mexico easily beat Bermuda in their 2019 CONCACAF Nations League opener, with El Tri running out 5-1 victors.
Mexico controlled possession from the opening whistle, but it took them 25 minutes to find the breakthrough. That was when Hirving Lozano played in Uriel Antuna, who took the ball past the onrushing keeper and knocked it into the empty net to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
Mexico starts their participation in the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League this Friday with a visit to Bermuda. Mexico and Bermuda are in Group B of the tournament, alongside Panama.
The group stage started in September, where Panama and Bermuda faced off twice, splitting the series: Panama won 4-1 away on September 5th, and then Bermuda won 2-0 away on September 8th.
Mexico is expected to roll past Bermuda, but the Gombey Warriors will hope to build on their victory against Panama with a positive result here. As for El Tri, they’ll go top of the group if they win by more than one goal, and they’ll be looking to score a lot more than that here.
Mexico was drawn into Group B in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League, and their participation in the tournament starts this Friday.
The Nations League tournament involves all 41 teams in CONCACAF and features three divisions – Leagues A, B, and C – with four groups apiece. The top 10 qualifiers for the Nations League also earned spots in the 2019 Gold Cup, where they joined the six teams who already qualified as Hexagonal participants in 2018 World Cup qualifying. Starting for the 2021 Gold Cup, all teams will have to qualify through the Nations League and there will be no automatic berths given.
Mexico is in Group B of the League A tournament, along with Panama and Bermuda. Mexico will open their participation by visiting Bermuda on October 11th, after which they will host Panama on October 15th. Coach Gerardo Martino has called up 19 players for October’s games.
Mexico beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 on Wednesday night in a pre-CONCACAF Nations League friendly.
El Tri put out a younger, less experienced team for this game – with eight of the starters earning their first cap for the senior national team and no one on the roster having more than five caps – but that proved no obstacle to beating T&T.
In the 23rd minute, Mexico took the lead. José Macías stole the ball in midfield, drove towards goal, cut past his defender, and fired El Tri ahead, 1-0.
The Mexican national team will be in action on Wednesday night as they face Trinidad and Tobago in an international friendly. The game will serve as preparation for both teams ahead of October’s CONCACAF Nations League games.
El Tri was unbeaten in their first 11 games of 2019 – with 10 wins and a draw and a Gold Cup title in that span – before falling 4-0 to Argentina in a September friendly.
T&T, meanwhile, is winless so far in 2019, after nine games – with four draws and five losses in four friendlies, three Gold Cup and two Nations League matches.