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Mexico: Four Points In June, Off To Russia

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 08: Raul JimŽenez of Mexico celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's third goal during the match between Mexico and Honduras as part of the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers at Azteca Stadium on June 08, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Miguel Tovar/LatinContent/Getty Images)
Mexico: Four Points In June, Off To Russia

Mexico has a very busy June, as well as July, and we have already wrapped up World Cup qualifying this month. After two matches, La Seleccion sits incredibly close to an automatic ticket to Russia, while the team heads to Europe for the Confederations Cup.

Here’s what went down…

Four points in the bag

 

Believe it or not, Juan Carlos Osorio and Mexico are undefeated so far in World Cup qualifying. In the first match on June 8, El Tri took care of business against Honduras. A goal in the first half by Oswaldo Alanís gave Mexico a nice cushion heading into halftime. In the second half, two goals from Chucky Lozano and Raúl Jiménez gave El Tri the guaranteed three points at home.

In the second match on Sunday June 11, Mexico would face the USMNT in the Estadio Azteca. Things did not go well for Mexico early, as Michael Bradley scored a long range shot over Memo Ochoa after a poor connection allowed Bradley to intercept the ball.

Luckily for El Tri, a great counter attack lead to Carlos Vela, who took the ball from the right flank to the top of the box and scored a great line-drive goal to equalize.

Mexico dominated possession (75%) and the US was seemingly okay with sitting back. Despite some opportunities, the game ended 1-1, with both teams grabbing a point.

Current Hex standings

For now, El Tri is headed to Russia to face Portugal on June 18 (11:00 p.m. ET). Mexico received some bad news when Tecatito took himself out of the roster for the US match, as well as the Confederations Cup. There has not been any specifics as to what happened, but many speculate it is a family matter.

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Bryan has been a writer for The Stoppage Time since 2015. He has been covering soccer since 2011 and is a Sports management & Communications graduate from Grand Canyon University.

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