It was the moment of truth for several Mexicans and their teams in the Champions League on December 8 & 9. While several will head to the knockouts, others didn’t quite make it.
Raúl Jiménez – (Portugal)
Benfica faced Atlético Madrid in their final group stage match. Heading into Tuesday game, both teams were set to advance to the knockout rounds.
Raúl did not start the match, but he entered the match in the 61st minute. Benfica were down 0-2, but Raúl managed to assist Konstantinos Mitroglou to bring Benfica back. However, it was not enough, as they would fall, 1-2.
Despite the loss, Benfica and Raúl will continue in the tournament.
Andres Guardado, Hector Moreno – PSV (Netherlands)
CKSA Moscow stood in the way of PSV in their hopes of advancing to the knockouts of the Champions League.
Things were not looking good when CKSA Moscow scored in the 76th minute, pushing PSV to the brink of elimination. Yet, in the 78th minute, PSV equalized.
Needing to win, PSV managed one more goal in the 85th minute which was enough for qualification, also thanks to Wolfsburg defeating Manchester United, 3-2.
Both Moreno and Guardado went the full 90 minutes.
Miguel Layún, Tecatito, Hector Herrera – FC Porto (Portugal)
A big win on the road against Chelsea and FC Porto could manage to get through to the knockouts. All three Mexicans started the game, but FC Porto had a difficult time getting a rhythm. An own-goal early on set the tone, and FC Porto never got it going.
They would end up losing 0-2, with Hector Herrera playing 71 minutes, and Tecatito and Layún going the full 90 minutes.
Not all is lost, though, as FC Porto will have a chance to shine in the Europa League.
Chicharito – Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Chicharito go the start, and he didn’t waste much time to shake things up. Down 0-1, Chicharito slotted a left footed shot past Marc-André ter Stegen to get Bayer Leverkusen level.
Needing a win for any hope to advance, Bayer was unable to get that second goal.
Similar to FC Porto, Bayer Leverkusen will get a shot at Europa League glory.