Mexico remained unbeaten but left fans frustrated as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with the United States on Sunday night.
The quick turnaround, with this game moved up due to Mexico’s upcoming participation in the Confederations Cup, resulted in a number of changes to both starting lineups. Nevertheless, the game started at a high intensity and there were a number of fouls in the opening minutes. Carlos Salcedo was perhaps lucky to remain on the field after nailing Bobby Wood with an elbow during a 3rd minute aerial challenge.
Then, in the 6th minute, Michael Bradley silenced the crowd in the Azteca when he won the ball in midfield, saw Memo Ochoa off his line, and chipped the keeper from distance to give the U.S. an extremely rare lead on Mexican soil.
Mexico remained in first place in the Hexagonal standings with a 3-0 victory against Honduras. The win also keeps El Tri unbeaten in qualifying, while the Catrachos now have just one victory in five games.
Honduras came to the Estadio Azteca looking to sit back, defend, and escape with a goalless draw, but Mexico’s quality made that an unlikely proposition. It did take El Tri a while to open the scoring, but they looked dangerous from the beginning as they created a number of early chances.
Tijuana remained first in the table despite their 3-0 loss to Tigres UANL, while Puebla remained last with their 0-1 loss to Necaxa.
Atlas, Chivas de Guadalajara, and Santos Laguna have joined Tijuana, Monterrey, and Toluca as teams with a guaranteed spot in the playoffs, while Cruz Azul, Pumas UNAM, Jaguares de Chiapas, and Puebla are all out of playoff contention.
In the relegation fight, Jaguares dropped into last place in the Tabla de Cociente despite their 2-2 draw with Santos; relegation will come down to Jaguares and Monarcas Morelia, with Veracruz and Puebla mathematically assuring their safety this weekend.
Tijuana moved into first place in the table with their 2-0 victory over Toluca, while Puebla remained last with their 1-0 loss to León.
Tijuana, Monterrey, and Toluca have mathematically locked up a spot in the playoffs, while Puebla is mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
In the relegation fight, Monarcas Morelia dropped into last place in the Tabla de Cociente with their 2-1 loss to Necaxa, while relegation rivals Puebla also lost, Jaguares de Chiapas drew, and Veracruz won.
Toluca remained in first place with their 0-1 victory against Pumas UNAM, while Puebla dropped into last with their 3-2 loss to Chivas de Guadalajara.
In the relegation fight, Veracruz remained in last place in the Tabla de Cociente with their 4-0 loss to León, while relegation rivals Jaguares de Chiapas and Puebla also lost and Monarcas Morelia drew.
In a closer game than they were perhaps expecting, Mexico earned a victory by the minimum difference against Trinidad and Tobago to remain unbeaten in World Cup qualifying. The result keeps Mexico at the top of the table while dropping T&T into last.
The hosts had the better of play in the first half, and in the 32nd minute, T&T thought they had taken the lead. However, Joevin Jones’s would-be goal from a fast break was controversially disallowed after a dubious offside call and the game remained 0-0.