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El Tri in the Champions League (December 6-7)

LISBON, PORTUGAL - DECEMBER 06: Benfica's forward Raul Jimenez from Mexico celebrates scoring Benfica«s goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between SL Benfica v SSC Napoli at Estadio da Luz on December 06, 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)
El Tri in the Champions League (December 6-7)

It came down to the final group match day to determine if some of Mexico’s European players would be able to continue on with their Champions League journey. Some of them saw success, while other were bounced out, unsurprisingly.

Take a look at how they did…


Hector Moreno, Andrés Guardado – PSV (Netherlands)

If there was one team which Mexican’s play on in the Champions League that was absolutely underwhelming, it would have to be PSV. Hector Moreno started and went the full 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Rostov, while Guardado rested (injury).

PSV after six games went 0-2-4, with a -7 in the goal differential column. It was atrocious play from a team that nearly knocked out Altético Madrid in the previous years edition.


Raúl Jiménez – Benfica (Portugal)

Raúl has been getting back into form since his injury earlier in the fall, and he was granted the full 90 minutes in the 1-2 loss to Napoli. It was Raúl who scored the lone goal for Benfica in the loss, but Benfica are clear with 8 points in group to advance into the knockout stages.


Chicharito – Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)

Roger Schmidt is trusting Chicharito, more so than any of Chicharito’s previous coaches ever has. It has been since October since Hernández has scored for club or country, but he continues to get starts.

On Wednesday, he went the full 90 minutes against Monaco in the 3-0 victory. He had several very good chances, yet, couldn’t convert on his opportunities. Bayer Leverkusen won a late penalty, but Chicharito did not take the kick, as he missed disastrously in the previous league match.

Bayer Leverkusen survive Group E with 10 points, and will be heading onto the knockout stages.

Hector Herrera, Miguel Layún, Tecatito – FC Porto (Portugal)

If any team needed a statement win, it was FC Porto. They’ve been struggling to score in the Champions League and in Liga NOS. On Wednesday, they blasted Leicester City, 5-0. The win kept them in second place in group, and they will be advancing, unlike the year prior.

Tecatito Corona was one of the stars in the game as he added an assist, and scored easily the goal of the game. Héctor Herrera was subbed in during the second half for Tecatito.

Miguel Layún rested for the match.

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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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