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Mexico vs Bosnia-Herzegovina: Recap and Highlights

Mexico started the year off with a win as they beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in an international friendly. The largely domestic-based roster earned the win by the minimum difference thanks to Hugo Ayala’s first goal for El Tri in the second half.

Bosnia was also testing young players, many of whom were inexperienced internationally, and Mexico looked the better side from the beginning. They were wasteful with their chances, however, with Giovani dos Santos and Carlos Vela both failing to capitalize on early opportunities.

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Mexico vs Bosnia-Herzegovina: Where to Watch

The Mexican national team will be in action for the first time in 2018 when they take on Bosnia-Herzegovina this Wednesday in an international friendly.

El Tri last took the field in November, when they drew Belgium and beat Poland in a pair of friendlies in Europe, while Bosnia was just in action this Sunday when they played out a 0-0 draw with the USA in another friendly.

This game will be played in San Antonio, and since it doesn’t fall on a FIFA date, Mexico’s roster is almost entirely Liga MX-based.

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Mexico Releases Roster for Bosnia Friendly

The Mexican national team will face their counterpart from Bosnia-Herzegovina in an international friendly this Wednesday. It will be El Tri’s first game of 2018 as they continue preparations for this summer’s World Cup.

Headlining the roster is 18-year-old Jonathan González, the young dual-national who has switched his international allegiance from the U.S, to Mexico. González represented the U.S. at the U-17 and U-20 levels before choosing Mexico.

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Liga MX in the World Cup: Argentina, Game 1

Although the majority of the Liga MX players in the World Cup are with the Mexican national team, there are ten other Mexico-based players participating in Brazil. They’re representing Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador, and the United States, and you can keep track of their involvement, results, and upcoming games here.

argentina flagArgentina – Group F

Argentina has just one Liga MX player on their roster, Monterrey defender José María Basanta. Basanta made the bench but did not play in Argentina’s opening game of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a game in which the Albiceleste defeated debutantes Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-1. The fastest own-goal in World Cup history gave Argentina the lead in the 3rd minute, and Lionel Messi made it 2-0 just past the hour mark. The Bosnians put up a fight, however, and pulled a goal back through substitute Vedad Ibisevic in the 85th minute to make for a tense finale. In the end, the South Americans held on for the lead and the three points. With the other two Group F teams, Nigeria and Iran, not playing until Monday afternoon, Argentina currently tops the table.

Group F Table:

Team Games W D L GF GA GD Points
Argentina 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3
Nigeria 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Iran 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Bosnia-Her 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0

Next Game: vs Iran – June 21st – 12:00 noon – Univision / Univision Deportes / ESPN

 

Mexico vs Bosnia-Herzegovina: Recap and Highlights

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For the first time in their World Cup preparatory games, the Mexican National Team fell behind on the scoreboard, and they were not able to climb out of the hole. Shutout for the first time since March 5th, El Tri’s unbeaten streak was snapped at 8 games as they fell 1-0 to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Chicago.

Izet Hajrovic scored the lone goal of the game minutes before halftime, when Sejad Salihovic sent in a cross and Hajrovic took advantage of confusion between Miguel Layún and Diego Reyes to reach the ball first and send it past Alfredo Talavera.

After Miguel Herrera made eight changes to the starting eleven from Saturday’s game against Israel – two of them due to injury – it was no surprise to see some disjointedness from the Mexican team. Herrera also strongly criticized the Bosnians for fielding a different starting eleven than the one they had announced, calling it a “dirty trick” and stating that it was because of that trick that Mexico struggled to get into the game at the beginning.

“They won’t be able to do that in a World Cup,” Herrera said. “I’m very annoyed because that isn’t done, I respect all rivals.”

Chicharito Hernández hit the post in the 23rd minute and Miguel Layún looked somewhat threatening as well, but Mexico was overrun in midfield, with the absence of a creative player like Luis Montes starkly evident. Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic wasn’t forced to make a save until the second half, although he was called on a few times in the dying minutes to preserve the shutout and the win.

Mexico had more of the ball and more shots, but Bosnia-Herzegovina had more shots on goal and generally looked more threatening while in possession. After defeating the Ivory Coast 2-1 in an earlier friendly, the Bosnians are showing that they have a team to be reckoned with in their World Cup debut.

As for Mexico, a narrow defeat won’t overshadow their previous convincing wins, and Miguel Herrera will say the game was not about the result so much as the game. The time for experimenting and shuffling players and lineups is done. The team that faces Portugal on Friday should be very close to the team that will take on Cameroon in Mexico’s World Cup opener on June 13th.

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Lineups

Mexico: Alfredo Talavera, Miguel Layún, Diego Reyes, Carlos Salcido (Francisco Rodríguez 57′), Héctor Moreno (Isaác Brizuela 46′), Miguel Ponce, Héctor Herrera (Giovani dos Santos 71′), Juan José Vázquez, Carlos Peña (Andrés Guardado 62′), Raúl Jiménez (Alan Pulido 57′), Javier Hernández (Marco Fabián 80′).

Bosnia: Asmir Begovic, Mensur Mujdza (Ognjen Vranjes 62′), Emir Spahic, Toni Sunjic (Sead Kolasinac 46′), Senad Lulic (Senijad Ibricic 62′), Izet Harjovic (Edin Visca 75′), Muhamed Besic, Miralem Pjanic (Vedad Ibisevic 75′), Sejad Salihovic, Edin Dzeko, Zvjezdan Misimovic (Tino Susic 69′).

Mexico vs Bosnia-Herzegovina: Preview and Where to Watch

el triAfter picking up two wins in their first two World Cup warm-up games, Mexico now travels to Chicago to take on Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday night (9:30 PM – Unimás / Univision Deportes / ESPN2).

Mexico’s 3-1 win over Ecuador came at a steep cost, as midfielder Luis Montes suffered a tibia and fibula break and will miss the World Cup. His replacement, Javier Aquino, is traveling from China, where his club team Villarreal was on tour, to meet up with El Tri.

Update: Miguel Herrera has released Mexico’s starting XI: Alfredo Talavera, Miguel Ponce, Carlos Salcido, Diego Reyes, Héctor Moreno, Miguel Layún, José Juan Vázquez, Héctor Herrera, Carlos Peña, Javier Hernández, Raúl Jiménez.

That lineup features eight changes from Saturday’s game against Ecuador as Miguel Herrera continues to look at different players and combinations, although in two cases, injuries forced his hand. Luis Montes is out of the World Cup, while Rafa Márquez is recovering from a badly bruised foot, an injury also picked up in the Ecuador game.

Herrera is still trying to decide on his #1, and it’s Alfredo Talavera’s turn to man the nets. The three keepers, who are fighting for the starting spot in Brazil, have alternated starts in the first three preparatory games. Whoever Herrera chooses to take on Portugal in the final warm-up will be the winner of that competition and the keeper who will start in the World Cup.

José de Jesús Corona suffered a head/neck injury in his first game, a 3-0 win over Israel, but he is already back on the field training with his teammates, so the injury will not affect his chances of getting the starting spot, which is he the favorite for.

Regarding his continued tinkering, Herrera stated confidently that “I am not going to make a mistake” with the starting lineup in Brazil, noting that “The only irreplaceable one is the ball.”

Bosnia-Herzegovina is tuning up for the World Cup as well, where they are in Group F with Argentina, Iran, and Nigeria. No pushovers, Bosnia-Herzegovina defeated the Ivory Coast 2-1 on Friday night in St. Louis with two goals from Edin Dzeko. Mexico’s defense will have their hands full with Dzeko, who is full of confidence after winning the Premier League with Manchester City this past season.