We have an action packed Wednesday of football in the CONCACAF region. Tigres faced off with Pachuca to determine the best of the CONCACAF, and to see who will be going to the 2017 Club World Cup. For the U-17’s, Mexico and rivals USA clashed to see who would be the best in their group.
Here’s how the games went…
USA U17 beats Mexico, 4-3, in big win
Mexico had a 25-game unbeaten streak snapped at the hands of their biggest rivals. The game started off completely in Mexico’s favor with a goal from De la Rosa early in the sixth minute. The lead would only last 20 minutes, as Josh Sergeant manhandled the Mexican defense and slotted home the equalizer.
Mexico would manage to draw level before halftime, but the second half was a total outclassing by the USA. Mexico was able to get on the board one more time in the loss, but the win went to the yanks. Mexico will next face Jamaica, and the US will finish off with El Salvador.
Pachuca wins SCCL, 2-1, on aggregate
Two teams from Mexico remained in the CONCACAF Champions League, and after one leg, it was level at 1-1. The match had a lot of offense, despite no score until late in the game. Tigres needed to do something big, but a double yellow for Guido Pizzaro was a massive blow for the favorites.
It was Hirving Lozano who took a swerving shot from distance in the 83rd minute, which turned out to be a difficult stop for Nahuel Guzmán of Tigres. Franco Jara arrived just in time to put home the game winner, sending Pachuca to the Club World Cup this winter.
The question remains: Will Hirving Lozano still be on Pachuca by then? Time will tell, but losing Lozano for the tournament will be a major loss, nonetheless.