There are times when a victory can help spark something big, and after Friday night’s 3-0 win over Iceland, Mexico hopes it can build towards Russia 2018.
The start of the game was not dazzling by any means, yet, Mexico needed a game where the opposing team was rigid in their tactics. Some may not like the play of Iceland, as it isn’t flashy or attack heavy, but this game will have a lot of use for the Mexican side.
Mexico finally got on the board in the 35th minute with a goal from Marco Fabián. Miguel Layún tapped the ball toward Raúl Jiménez who proceeded to stop the ball to let Fabián strike. The hit was perfect and the goal sent Mexico into halftime up, 1-0.
The second half showed more promise for the Mexicans, as the inclusion of Hirving Lozano proved dangerous. In the 64th minute, Lozano split the Iceland defense and laid off a ball for Miguel Layún, who smashed a one-time hit past the Iceland keeper Alex Rúnarsson.
Miguel Layún was not finished, and although it wasn’t quite intentional, he sent a high-paced cross with his left foot which found itself in the back of the net. The late goal sealed off the 3-0 Mexican victory over Iceland.
Up next, Mexico will face a Croatia side who is coming off a 0-2 loss to Perú. Moreover, several players will be out for Croatia due to injury or club request. Either way, it will be an important exhibition for Juan Carlos Osorio and El Tri.
The Stoppage Time will be live from Dallas for Mexico vs Croatia. Kick off is at 6:00 p.m. Pacific, 9:00 Eastern p.m. on Tuesday, March 27.