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.
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.