Mexico's win over Saudi Arabia not enough

LUSAIL, Qatar — Mexico defeated Saudi Arabia 2-1 with goals from Henry Martin and Luis Chavez in Wednesday’s Group C match, however fell wanting qualifying for the knockout spherical of the World Cup.

Martin first found the again of the internet off a nook inside the forty seventh minute, ending a deflected go from defender Cesar Montes. Moments later inside the 52nd minute, Chavez would then capitalize on an inch-great free-kick that pushed Mexico up 2-zero early on inside the second half.

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Mexico wished one other objective to attain the spherical of sixteen, however Salem Al-Dawsari’s objective for Saudi Arabia in damage time dashed that plan for El Tri. Poland, who misplaced to group winners Argentina 2-zero inside the concurrent match, subsequently took second place over Mexico on account of objective distinction.

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1. Mexico can not lengthen streak of reaching knockout spherical

regardless of the win and frantic second half, Mexico might not lengthen their streak of reaching the knockout spherical of the World Cup.

Having beforehand reached the spherical of sixteen at every World Cup since 1994, Mexico’s failure to enhance that streak to eight editions might even be seen as a massive collapse, no matter their heroic efforts on Wednesday.

Going into Wednesday’s recreation, the percentages for reaching the knockout spherical had been already slim for El Tri. on account of going scoreless and and by no means using a win of their first two video games of the group stage (zero-zero draw vs. Poland, 2-zero loss to Argentina), Mexico supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino and his squad wished to beat Saudi Arabia whereas hoping that the Argentina-Poland scoreline labored of their favor.

After a scoreless first forty five minutes, the goals by Martin and Chavez spurred Mexico to discover a third with a objective to beat Poland’s superior objective distinction. Hirving Lozano and Uriel Antuna each seemingly found that elusive third objective, however had been dominated offside on their makes an try.

Saudi Arabia then brushed all desires aside with Al-Dawsari’s objective in damage time, leaving Mexico third inside the desk by the ultimate whistle behind Argentina and Poland.



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2. Chavez reveals why he is on Europe’s radar

Who else however Luis Chavez might even be the deserving Man of the Match, and his superb free kick as a consequence of the objective of the match?

although his World Cup run is now over, there is not any overlooking the impression of the 26-yr-previous Pachua midfielder. Already having curiosity from European golf equipment, many extra will seemingly be preserving monitor of the latest Liga MX champion, who additionally almost scored one other on the night.

Of the silver linings for Mexico on the planet Cup, Chavez’s efficiency will simply be one factor that is worth highlighting, doubtlessly offering him with a platform earlier than what seems to be an inevitable swap overseas.

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three. Martino’s as quickly as promising period with Mexico ends

Gerardo “Tata” Martino said after the match that his time as Mexico’s supervisor has concluded, which confirmed studies from earlier this summer time that he wouldn’t maintain teaching the side it would not matter what occurred at Qatar.

Following a promising start to his tenure in 2019 that included a CONCACAF Gold Cup title that yr, Martino then struggled after failing to win the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League and the 2021 Gold Cup, whereas additionally going 4 consecutive video games and by no means using a victory in opposition to the usa.

and by no means using a spot inside the knockout spherical, all indicators had been pointing to every side parting methods. it is an finish of an period that after started out brightly and now ends with a doubtful World Cup exit.

participant scores

Saudi Arabia: Mohammed Al-Owais eight, Hassan Al-Tambakti 6, Abdulelah Al-Amri 6, Ali Al-Bulayhi 6, Sultan Al-Ghannam 5, Ali Al-Hassan 6, Mohamed Kanno 6, Saud Abdulhamid 7, Feras Al-Brikan 6 Saleh Al-Shehri 6, Salem Al-Dawsari 7.

Subs: Riyadh Sharahili 6, Abdullah Madu 7, Abdulrahman Al-Obud 6, Hatan Bahbri 6.

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa 6, Jorge Sanchez 6, Cesar Montes 7, Hector Moreno 7, Jesus Gallardo 6, Edson Alvarez 7, Orbelin Pineda 7, Luis Chavez 9, Hirving Lozano eight, Henry Martin 7, Alexis Vega 6

Subs: Uriel Antuna 7, Carlos Rodriguez 6, Raul Jimenez 6, Rogelio Funes Mori 6, Kevin Alvarez 7.

best and worst performers

best: Luis Chavez, Mexico.

The distinction maker and almost the participant who single-handedly carried Mexico to the knockout spherical. on the very least, a transfer to Europe might quickly arrive.

WORST: Sultan Al-Ghannam, Saudi Arabia.

The fullback appeared overwhelmed all by way of the video games. Most notably, he did not win a single duel all night in opposition to Mexico.

Highlights and notable moments

regardless of the heartbreaking exit, Luis Chavez’s objective goes to be a worthy contender for best objective of the match.

That golazo was the furthest shot distance (34.9 yards) on a Mexico objective at a World Cup since not decrease than 1966.

After the match: What the gamers and managers said

Gerardo “Tata” Martino, on his exit as Mexico coach: “i am the one chargeable for this letdown that now we have in the present day. We settle for the failure that we had on this World Cup. My contract ended when the referee blew his whistle on the prime of the sport and there is nothing extra we’re ready to do.”

Mexico midfielder Edson Alvarez, on the consequence: “it is a strong blow, there are not any phrases. The staff obtained here out combating from the foremost minute. We had a quantity of appears and alternatives to create goals, however we might not get it finished. It leaves a bitter trend.”

Key stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & information evaluation)

– Mexico accomplished with 26 pictures, the staff’s third most most in a World Cup recreation since 1966. The 1970 Mexico staff had a match with 30 and 28 pictures.

– whereas the streak of reaching seven straight knockout spherical was spectacular, Mexico has now been eradicated at group part for the eighth time on the World Cup, tying El Tri with South Korea and Scotland with basically the most all-time.

– Mexico exits the group stage on the World Cup for the foremost time since 1978. The staff had reached the second spherical in 1982 after which the quarterfinals as hosts in 1986. After being banned from the 1990 match, El Tri went on to advance to the knockout spherical seven straight instances — till now.

Up subsequent

Saudi Arabia: A memorable World Cup ends that noticed them beat Argentina in a single in every of many best upsets in match historic previous, however then falter to Poland and Mexico. The inexperienced Falcons might even be again in movement in January on the Arabian Gulf Cup in opposition to Yemen, Iraq, and Oman.

Mexico: the subsequent video games scheduled for El Tri might even be a pair of nations League matches in March in opposition to Suriname and Jamaica. After Martino’s exit as supervisor, it stays up inside the air who’ll lead the side.


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