Mexico bowed out of the 2018 World Cup with a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the Round of Sixteen. El Tri was trying to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1986, but they ultimately came up short in their quest to reach the elusive “fifth game”.
The game started off well for Mexico, who took the game to Brazil. El Tri found success attacking down the wings, with Brazil’s outside backs having trouble dealing with Mexico’s speed. Hirving Lozano had an early opportunity after goalkeeper Alisson didn’t deal with a cross, but his second-minute shot was blocked.
After a dominant start to the 2018 World Cup, Mexico slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Sweden in their final group-stage game. However, with Germany suffering a surprise 2-0 loss to South Korea in the other Group F game, Mexico was still able to advance to the Round of Sixteen.
The game did not start well for Mexico, with Jesús Gallardo earning the fastest yellow card in the history of the World Cup when he was called for an elbow on Ola Toivonen just 13 seconds after kickoff. Then, in the 5th minute, Memo Ochoa was called for handling the ball outside of the box and the keeper then had to come up big to keep out the ensuing free kick from Emil Forsgberg.
Mexico made it two wins out of two as they beat South Korea 2-1 in their second Group F game. The result puts El Tri on the brink of the quarterfinals, and their spot in the knockout round could be assured later this afternoon depending on the result of the Germany/Sweden game. South Korea, meanwhile, is on the brink of elimination after their second straight loss.
The victory came in front of a largely pro-Mexico crowd in the Rostov Arena, and for once the ubiquitous homophobic goal-kick chant was inaudible as the fans chose instead to chant the names of players, yell “olé”, and sing “Cielito lindo”.
Mexico shocked the reigning World Cup champions with a 0-1 victory against Germany in the first Group F game. The result is the first time Germany has lost a World Cup opener since 1982, and is also the first time Mexico has ever beaten the Germans in this competition.
El Tri started the game off strongly, with their speed and attacking verve putting Germany on the back foot. Hirving Lozano had a chance in just the second minute when he was played in by Carlos Vela, but Jerome Boateng blocked the shot.
Tijuana took a 2-0 lead but couldn’t hold it as Atlas came back for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Xolos winless in four while the Rojinegros are unbeaten in two but remain winless on the road this season.
The game started off well for the hosts, who took the lead in the 10th minute. Juan Lucero played in Miler Bolaños, who beat José Hernández to make it 1-0 for Tijuana.
Pachuca took a step towards the playoff places with a comprehensive 2-6 away win against Puebla. The result snaps a four-game winless streak for the Tuzos, while the Poblanos have now lost four in a row.
Puebla had a few early chances, but Pachuca soon took control of the game. The visitors took the lead in the 22nd minute through Keisuke Honda, who received the ball in the box and fired past Moisés Muñoz to make it 0-1. Continue reading →
Chivas de Guadalajara picked up a 1-0 victory against the 10-man New York Red Bulls in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series.
After a fairly even start to the game, Chivas took the lead thanks to a defensive miscue. Tyler Adams turned the ball over near midfield as he tried to play out of the box, with Rodolfo Pizarro quickly countering; he laid the ball off for Isaác Brizuela, who slid it into the lower corner to make it 1-0 in the 26th minute.
Toronto FC picked up a 3-1 victory against América in the first leg of their 2018 CONCACAF Champions League semifinal series on a cold, rainy night at BMO Field.
The hosts opened the scoring early on from the penalty spot. In the 8th minute, Edson Álvarez was called for bringing down Sebastian Giovinco in the box, and the Italian stepped up to take the ensuing penalty kick. He sent Agustín Marchesín the wrong way to give Toronto the 1-0 lead.
Querétaro earned their first home win of the season with a 2-1 victory against Puebla. The result ends a two-game winless streak for the Gallos Blancos, while the Poblanos have now lost three in a row.
The game started off perfectly for the hosts, who took the lead in just the 2nd minute. Alexis Pérez played in Camilo Sanvezzo, who got into a dangerous spot and beat Moisés Muñoz at the near post to make it 1-0 for Querétaro.
Toluca moved into first place in the table with a 1-2 away win against Lobos BUAP. The result leaves the Licántropos winless in four and drops them to last in the table, while the Diablos Rojos extended their winning streak to six games.
Lobos came out looking for the three points that would give them some breathing room in the relegation fight. However, it was Toluca who struck first, with the visitors taking the lead in just the 10th minute.