Mexico continued their dominant run with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Canada in 2nd Group A game of Gold Cup. Substitute Andrea Guadardo starred for the Mexicans with 2 goals in the second half.
Mexico has followed their 7-0 drubbing of Cuba in the first match with another resounding triumph. Robert Alvarado scored the match opener minutes before the first interval. The win makes it 2 in 2 for Mexico all but booking their place in quarterfinals.
Mexico on the brink of quarterfinals berth
The El Tri is qualified for the quarterfinals if not for any unlikely circumstances. They face Martinique next in Charlotte on Sunday along with Canada against Cuba.
The match saw a controversy with a little argument between Canada coach Herdman and Mexico’s Gerardo Martino. Both parties though played down any talks of bad blood.
“He made a joke and I just answered, I’m not sure what it was because it was in English,” Martino quipped after the match.
Herdman also downplayed the back-and-forth as a simple misunderstanding.
“He is a great coach,” Herdman said of Martino. “I don’t speak Spanish. I think he was asking how my new role was going. Said, ‘Yeah, it’s going well.’ I asked him if he’s enjoying his role.”
Guarardo substitution proved to be the turning point
An injury in the first half to Eddie Guerrerez brought Guadardo in the 36th minute. The change was pivotal as Guarardo later changed the course of the game.
Mexico had a brilliant 72% possession in the first half but failed to score. Canada was challenging in their defence as Mexico managed a meagre 2 shots in the half with 1 up lead. Guarardo then scored a memorable goal from 25 yards to put Canada in front. Lucas scored for Canada in the 75th before Guarardo added on more to seal the victory.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME ANDRES GUARDADO?! 🚀🚀🚀
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Mexico travels to Charlotte on Thursday to get acclimated for Sunday’s match against Martinique.