It was the ultimate matchup of CONCACAF rivals: USA vs Mexico in Columbus. For years, Columbus, Ohio haunted the Mexican national team. The same 0-2 result plagued them, so much so that even with great players they could not snag a goal against the USA in their fortress.
On a brisk November Saturday night, there was a different feeling in the air. Was it cold? Absolutely. Yet, El Tri came out with an angry pressure that sent the US team into somewhat of a panic. The possession of the ball was all Mexico, and despite getting close to scoring several times, it was none other than beloved Miguel Layún who netted not only the first goal of the game in the 20th minute, but the first goal for Mexico in Columbus in all of their footballing history.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) November 12, 2016
Mexico’s ability to control the game was unlike that ever seen in Columbus. The large majority of fans who follow Mexico would say it looked like they were playing in Pasadena, not on a cold Columbus, Ohio night.
However, although Mexico looked significantly better, the score was 1-0 at half.
In the second half, it was the stereotypical Mexico. Go up a goal, give up a goal. Bobby Wood equalized for the United States in the 50th minute, after getting the better of the Mexican defense.
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) November 12, 2016
It was the same old scene for Mexican fans in Columbus. Even though they looked better, the USA found a way to get on the board. However, it was only to bring the game level. Something that has never happened between these two teams.
Mexico slowly began to bring the game back for themselves. Adding pressure, and taking control of possession. Yet, nothing was showing for it. There were no spectacular goals that would send the fans crazy…until the 89th minute.
Mexico won a very, and I mean very, rare corner. It was Miguel Layún who stepped up to send the ball in, and it found itself on top of Rafael Márquez’s head. Marquez lofted the ball just enough to score the winning goal, giving Mexico the 2-1 victory it deserved.
The Mexican national team showed up when it was down and out. It was an awful showing at Copa América, political tensions were high, yet, they put that aside and decided to make history.
“Dos a Cero” will no longer chase the memory of the players and the fans, because…the dream ended Friday night.
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