Mexico’s 22-game, record-setting unbeaten streak came to an abrupt and astonishing halt with a 7-0 loss to Chile in the Copa América quarterfinals. El Tri never got into the game and were outplayed all over the field by an energetic and efficient Chilean side.
In the 15th minute, Chile silenced the heavily pro-Mexico crowd in Levi’s Stadium. Memo Ochoa made the initial save on a shot from Marcelo Díaz, but his parry fell nicely for Edson Puch, who made no mistake with the finish. La Roja had the 1-0 lead.
After winning their group, Mexico will now have to navigate the knockout rounds at the Copa América Centenario. El Tri, boasting an all-time-record 22-game unbeaten streak, will now take on a Chile side that is not in the best of form, with five losses in their last eight matches.
These two faced off quite recently, in a pre-Copa friendly just over two weeks ago, which Mexico won 1-0 with a late goal from Javier “Chicharito” Hernández.
Mexico won Group C on Monday with a 1-1 draw against Venezuela, but they had to wait until Tuesday night to learn their quarterfinal opponent. Chile defeated Panama 4-2, but finished second in Group D after Argentina beat Bolivia 3-0.
Mexico and Chile will now face off for a spot in the Copa América Centenario semifinals.
These two sides faced off in a pre-Copa friendly on June 1, a match Mexico won 1-0. Overall, Mexico is unbeaten in 22 matches while Chile has lost five of their last eight games in all competitions.
A much-changed Mexico side came from behind to draw 1-1 with Venezuela on Monday night, a result that gives El Tri first place in Group C. The draw also extends Mexico’s unbeaten streak to 22 games, a new all-time record for the team.
With nine lineup changes from the team that beat Jamaica (Héctor Moreno and Héctor Herrera were the only repeats), Mexico’s defense did not look cohesive early on. Venezuela started the game strongly and employed a high press to keep Mexico on their heels; then, in the 9th minute, they won a free kick in a dangerous location.
Both Mexico and Venezuela are guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals, but either one can top Group C with a win on Monday.
El Tri currently leads the group on goal difference after a 3-1 win against Uruguay and a 2-0 win over Jamaica. If Mexico wins or draws against Venezuela, they will win the group – and set a new record for the team’s longest-ever unbeaten streak, which is currently at 21 games.
Mexico booked their spot in the knockout rounds of the Copa América Centenario with a 2-0 victory over Jamaica on Thursday night. The victory extends El Tri’s winning streak to 11 games and their unbeaten streak to 21, tying their all-time record.
Javier Hernández moved a step closer to tying Jared Borgetti as Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer when he scored his 45th international goal in the 18th minute to put El Tri ahead. “Chicharito” headed home a cross from “Tecatito” Corona to make it 1-0 for Mexico.
The second round of Group C matches will be played on Thursday, and Mexico could potentially clinch their spot in the knockout rounds with a win.
El Tri currently top the table after a 3-1 win against Uruguay in their opening match of the Copa América Centenario. They will now look for a similar result against Jamaica in the Rose Bowl.
Mexico will be without Andrés Guardado for this game due to his red card against Uruguay, but there is plenty of talent available to fill in for El Tri, who are enjoying a 10-game winning streak and a 20-game unbeaten streak across all competitions. A win or draw against Jamaica would equal Mexico’s all-time longest unbeaten streak.
Mexico will get their participation in the 2016 Copa América Centenario underway on Sunday, when they take on Uruguay in Glendale, Arizona.
El Tri will be facing their toughest opponent in their opening match, but La Celeste will be missing Luis Suárez due to a hamstring injury and Mexico will look to take advantage of that. Juan Carlos Osorio’s full 23-man roster should be available for selection, with no injuries reported, and Mexico is enjoying a nine-game winning streak and 19-game unbeaten streak.