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.
FIFA has released the latest list of sanctions for incidents in recent 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, and, as has become customary, Mexico is once again present due to homophobic chanting.
The latest round of disciplinary action was announced on Monday, with Mexico receiving 10,000 Swiss Francs in fines plus a warning for “improper conduct among spectators (homophobic chant)” for their October 6th game against Trinidad and Tobago.
This is the 12th time that Mexico has been fined and/or warned for homophobic chanting in 2018 World Cup qualifiers:
Mexico lost their unbeaten status in World Cup qualifying as they fell 3-2 to Honduras – a result that had little effect on El Tri, who were already guaranteed first place in the Hex going into tonight, but which granted Los Catrachos fourth place, and with it, a playoff against Australia.
The result also helped keep the United States from qualifying, as the U.S. failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1986 after a loss to Trinidad and Tobago combined with Panama’s victory over Costa Rica and Honduras’s win against Mexico.
CONCACAF World Cup qualifying wraps up this Tuesday with the final round of Hexagonal games. Mexico and Costa Rica have their spots locked up, but there is one automatic berth as well as the playoff berth still up for grabs, with the United States, Panama, and Honduras all in the running.
Honduras, currently 5th in the standings, will need a positive result when they host Mexico – as well as needing Panama or the U.S. to drop points – to move into either the automatic or the playoff berth.