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.
Mexico saw their perfect start to 2017 come to a halt with a 1-2 loss to Croatia in an international friendly held in Los Angeles. The loss ends a nine-game unbeaten streak for El Tri and is just their second defeat under Juan Carlos Osorio. Meanwhile, Croatia earned their second victory of the year.
Despite the loss, the game remains notable for Mexico as Javier Hernández’s goal made “Chicharito” the all-time leading goalscorer for the Mexican national team.
The Mexican national team will kick off their busy summer of soccer with a friendly against Croatia on Saturday. The game, to be played in Los Angeles, will serve as a warm-up for both teams ahead of June World Cup qualifiers.
El Tri will look to keep their 2017 winning streak alive, although they will be without a number of players due to the Liga MX final, while Croatia will look to restore some confidence with a good result after a 1-2-1 start to the year, including a 3-0 loss to Estonia in their last game.
The Mexican national team is about to enter a very busy stretch, beginning with two friendlies, then two World Cup qualifiers, and then the 2017 Confederations Cup – followed, later this summer, by the Gold Cup.
Juan Carlos Osorio has released a list of 32 players who will take part in Mexico’s upcoming matches, although not all 32 will join the camp – set to begin May 21st – at the same time, with club commitments delaying the arrival of several.