Mexico had an early scare when Alberto Quintero got free on the right and sent a dangerous low cross in for Gabriel Torres, but Memo Ochoa as able to make the save to keep it 0-0 in the 4th minute. Torres felt he was fouled by César Montes on the play, but the referee was content to wave play on and there is no VAR in the Nations League.
The CONCACAF Nations League continues this month, and Mexico has games on both match days. First up, El Tri will travel to Panama to take on the Cañaleros in what will be the hosts’ final game of the group stage.
In their meeting in October in Mexico City, El Tri earned a 3-1 victory against the Panamanians to take sole possession of first place in Group B. As it stands, Mexico has six points from two games, while Panama and Bermuda both have three points from three games.
Mexico will look to keep their winning streak alive, while Panama will look to guarantee qualification to the 2021 Gold Cup with a positive result on home soil.
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.
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.
Eleven Liga MX teams and one from Ascenso MX will be represented in the World Cup, where their players will suit up for seven different national teams: Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Colombia, Argentina, Panama, and Japan.
Mexico remained unbeaten in World Cup qualifying and mathematically guaranteed their spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 1-0 victory against Panama on Friday night. The loss saw the Canaleros drop into fifth in the Hex.
The first half saw El Tri dominate possession but fail to do much with it. José Calderón had little to do in goal for Panama as Mexico struggled to put their chances on frame. Halftime rolled around with the game still 0-0 and with antsy fans beginning to whistle and boo.
Mexico is unbeaten in World Cup qualifying and they’ll look to continue that streak when they host Panama in the Estadio Azteca this Friday. El Tri currently tops the Hexagonal with 14 points from six games, and a win against Panama could seal their spot in next summer’s event, depending on the result of Trinidad and Tobago vs Honduras.
As for Panama, they currently sit fourth – in the intercontinental playoff spot – with seven points. The Canaleros have scored just four goals in their six games to date, and they’ll be facing the stingiest defense in this one; Mexico has allowed just two goals in the Hex, both against the United States.
The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has announced the list of players called up for Mexico’s September World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica.
The roster is missing some familiar names, with Oribe Peralta and Carlos Salcedo injured and Rafa Márquez dealing with his legal troubles. Miguel Layún, who is having trouble finding minutes with Porto, is also a notable absence. On the other hand, Jesús Manuel Corona is back on the roster after “Tecatito” missed the Confederations Cup for personal reasons.
The complete 25-man roster is as follows:
The weather and field conditions made things a bit difficult but it was the home team who looked better throughout the match. Mexico was unable to string together a second straight away victory while Panama will be somewhat disappointed not to have captured all three points.
For the second game of the Hex, Juan Carlos Osorio has made five changes to the starting eleven that faced the U.S. on Friday.