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WCQ: Mexico Sweeps Through March, Lead CONCACAF

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - MARCH 28: Diego Reyes of Mexico celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the fifth round match between Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico as part of the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifiers at Hasely Crawford Stadium on March 28, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo by Ashley Allen/LatinContent/Getty Images)
WCQ: Mexico Sweeps Through March, Lead CONCACAF

After a great start to their World Cup Qualifiers in March, the Mexican National Team headed down to face Trinidad & Tobago. Already having seven points was huge, but a win on the road would put Mexico in the ultimate drivers seat for the rest of qualifiers in the region.

The first half was not very pretty. Despite having several real good looks to score, Mexico was not finding much rhythm. Trinidad & Tobago were winning the aerial game, and Mexico gladly went into halftime with a 0-0 scoreline, ready to regroup and bring a better effort for the second 45 minutes.

 

After seeming to calm down a bit, Mexico picked up a little bit better pace in the second half. Not by a lot, but enough to where things looked as if Juan Carlos Osorio was able to get through to his squad.

It was the 57th minute when Miguel Layún sent in a corner which landed directly on the head of Diego Reyes, powering a shot into the back of the net. The goal put Mexico up 1-0, but they were not in the clear. Trinidad & Tobago managed to win back some possession and looked more threatening which kept Mexico on its heels.

 

Yet, after 90 minutes, Diego Reyes’ header proved to be the game winner, and Mexico walked away with another three points in World Cup qualifying. The importance of the six points in March will come back to be a blessing for the Mexican team in June, the month they have two qualifiers (at home) and head to Russia to fight for the 2017 Confederations Cup. Four years ago, El Tri was in a terrible position in WCQ, and their Confederations Cup run was cut very short.

Current Standings in CONCACAF:

  1. Mexico: 10 points
  2. Costa Rica: 7 points
  3. Panama: 5 points
  4. USA: 4 points
  5. Honduras: 4 points
  6. Trinidad & Tobago: 3 points

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