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.
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.
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.
Mexico beat Poland 1-0 on Monday afternoon in their international friendly. The result is a second good one for El Tri against European opponents after they drew with Belgium in another friendly last Friday.
Mexico took the lead early, with Raúl Jiménez making it 0-1 in the 13th minute. Javier Aquino had been driving into the box, only to have the ball rebound off a Polish defender. The loose ball fell for Jiménez, however, and his left-footed shot beat Wojciech Szczesny to give El Tri the lead.
After drawing 3-3 with Belgium on Friday, Mexico will now face Poland in another international friendly. Both teams are continuing to prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which Poland qualified for as the UEFA Group E winner while Mexico finished first in CONCACAF’s Hexagonal.
Poland’s last game, an international friendly against Uruguay on Friday, ended in a 0-0 draw. Poland scored a combined 13 goals in their three prior matches, though, and the Polish attack can be quite dangerous, although they’ll be without Robert Lewandowski.
In an entertaining game in Brussels, both Belgium and Mexico had the lead at one point or another before ultimately settling for a 3-3 draw.
Mexico had several chances in the early going, but it was the hosts who took the lead. In the 17th minute, Memo Ochoa parried a low shot from Romelu Lukaku, but the rebound fell into the path of Eden Hazard, who made it 1-0.
Mexico and Belgium will face off in Brussels this Friday in an international friendly. Both teams qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in fairly dominating fashion (with Belgium winning Group H unbeaten with nine wins in ten games, and Mexico finishing first in the Hex with just one loss) and will now look to prepare for next summer’s event with a friendly.
As part of those preparations, Mexico’s November friendlies were scheduled as away games against European teams, with El Tri facing first Belgium and then Poland. Juan Carlos Osorio has referred to the games as “a high-level test”, with Mexico looking to show they can compete outside of the CONCACAF region.
Mexico beat Paraguay 2-1 in this Gold Cup warm-up game, but it was not all good news for El Tri as Alan Pulido suffered what looked to be a serious injury.
Although coach Juan Carlos Osorio and most of Mexico’s “A” team is still in Russia for the Confederations Cup, the domestic-based Gold Cup roster took on Paraguay in Seattle as they prepare for the rapidly approaching CONCACAF competition.
Rodolfo Pizarro opened the scoring for El Tri in the 19th minute after Orbelín Pineda saw his header saved. Paraguay couldn’t clear the rebound, and Pizarro won the ball back in the box, beat his defender, and then beat the keeper with a shot to the far post to make it 1-0.
Mexico got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-1 victory over the Republic of Ireland in their international friendly on Thursday night.
The game, played at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, started at a good pace, with Jesús Manuel “Tecatito” Corona having a chance to open the scoring in just the third minute. Although that attempt ended up just wide, El Tri didn’t have to wait long to break the deadlock. In the 16th minute, Mexico caught Ireland out on the counterattack, with Jorge Hernández playing the ball to Corona, who got past his defenders before sending his shot past Darren Randolph to make it 1-0.
Mexico will take on Ireland at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey this Thursday as both teams gear up for June World Cup qualifiers.
Mexico fell 2-1 to Croatia in their friendly this past weekend, and El Tri will look to bounce back when they face the Republic of Ireland here. The Irish will be looking for their first victory of 2017 after a draw and a loss in March.