Mexico made it two wins out of two as they downed Panama 3-1 on Tuesday night. The victory moves Mexico into sole possession of first place in Group B, while Panama and Bermuda remain tied on three points.
Panama was hoping to provide a steeper test than Bermuda did this past Friday, but Mexico looked comfortable from the start. After enjoying the majority of possession, El Tri took the lead in the 28th minute through Roberto Alvarado, whose shot from the top of the box made it 1-0 for the hosts.
The group stage of the CONCACAF Nations League continues this week with Mexico hosting Panama in Group B play.
Mexico had their first game in the competition this past Friday, where they beat Bermuda 5-1 away. That was enough to put El Tri in first place in the group based on goal difference; Panama and Bermuda split their series last month, leaving all three teams with three points.
Mexico will now look to take definitive control of the group with a home victory in this one.
As expected, Mexico easily beat Bermuda in their 2019 CONCACAF Nations League opener, with El Tri running out 5-1 victors.
Mexico controlled possession from the opening whistle, but it took them 25 minutes to find the breakthrough. That was when Hirving Lozano played in Uriel Antuna, who took the ball past the onrushing keeper and knocked it into the empty net to make it 1-0 for the visitors.
Mexico starts their participation in the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League this Friday with a visit to Bermuda. Mexico and Bermuda are in Group B of the tournament, alongside Panama.
The group stage started in September, where Panama and Bermuda faced off twice, splitting the series: Panama won 4-1 away on September 5th, and then Bermuda won 2-0 away on September 8th.
Mexico is expected to roll past Bermuda, but the Gombey Warriors will hope to build on their victory against Panama with a positive result here. As for El Tri, they’ll go top of the group if they win by more than one goal, and they’ll be looking to score a lot more than that here.
Mexico was drawn into Group B in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League, and their participation in the tournament starts this Friday.
The Nations League tournament involves all 41 teams in CONCACAF and features three divisions – Leagues A, B, and C – with four groups apiece. The top 10 qualifiers for the Nations League also earned spots in the 2019 Gold Cup, where they joined the six teams who already qualified as Hexagonal participants in 2018 World Cup qualifying. Starting for the 2021 Gold Cup, all teams will have to qualify through the Nations League and there will be no automatic berths given.
Mexico is in Group B of the League A tournament, along with Panama and Bermuda. Mexico will open their participation by visiting Bermuda on October 11th, after which they will host Panama on October 15th. Coach Gerardo Martino has called up 19 players for October’s games.
Mexico beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 on Wednesday night in a pre-CONCACAF Nations League friendly.
El Tri put out a younger, less experienced team for this game – with eight of the starters earning their first cap for the senior national team and no one on the roster having more than five caps – but that proved no obstacle to beating T&T.
In the 23rd minute, Mexico took the lead. José Macías stole the ball in midfield, drove towards goal, cut past his defender, and fired El Tri ahead, 1-0.
The Mexican national team will be in action on Wednesday night as they face Trinidad and Tobago in an international friendly. The game will serve as preparation for both teams ahead of October’s CONCACAF Nations League games.
El Tri was unbeaten in their first 11 games of 2019 – with 10 wins and a draw and a Gold Cup title in that span – before falling 4-0 to Argentina in a September friendly.
T&T, meanwhile, is winless so far in 2019, after nine games – with four draws and five losses in four friendlies, three Gold Cup and two Nations League matches.
The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has announced a new protocol to deal with the pervasive homophobic chants present at both Liga MX and Mexican national team games.
The chant has become increasingly controversial, with opinions split regarding how offensive it actually is. Fans using the chant have long defended it as not homophobic, but merely the equivalent of the English term “bitch” (which, of course, carries misogynistic connotations in turn), while organizations such as CONAPRED, a Mexican anti-discriminatory body, denounce it as unequivocally homophobic.
FMF has apparently decided that the bad press (and continual fines from FIFA) mean the chant needs to stop – debate about its interpretation aside – and they are finally taking concrete steps to try to eradicate it. FMF president Yon de Luisa noted that with FIFA set to implement a three-step anti-discrimination procedure at the start of qualifying for the 2020 World Cup, “if we don’t resolve this problem before the World Cup qualifiers for Qatar 2020, we’d be putting ourselves at risk of being punished by point deductions and, in the worst-case scenario, missing out on the World Cup.”
Mexico continued their dominance of CONCACAF on Sunday night as they beat the U.S. 1-0 to become the 2019 Gold Cup champions. That gives El Tri their record-setting 8th Gold Cup title and marks the fifth time they’ve beat the U.S. in the final in six meetings there.
The U.S. had a pair of great chances in the opening 10 minutes, with Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore combining well, but Guillermo Ochoa stopped Pulisic and Altidore couldn’t get his attempt on frame.
Mexico needed some time to get into the game but they created a few chances of their own as the half wore on. The game went to halftime goalless, but in the second 45 the game tilted decisively in Mexico’s favor.
The 2019 Gold Cup concludes this Sunday with a marquee final, as Mexico and the United States renew their rivalry with a trophy on the line.
Mexico holds the record for Gold Cup titles with seven, but the US would match that mark with a victory in this one. The US are also the reigning champions after beating Jamaica 2-1 in the 2017 edition.
On the other hand, these two have faced each other five times in Gold Cup finals, with Mexico winning the title four of those times, including 2011, which is the last time both CONCACAF giants made the final.