Mexico entered their final WCQ match in the 4th round of World Cup Qualifying with the path cleared ahead for the Hexagonal. Honduras came into the match looking for a result, because their chances of advancing relied on both their result, as well as what happened with Canada.
Mexico in first 29 WCQ games in Azteca this century: Played 29, won 28, lost 1
Mexico in last 8 games in Azteca: Won 3, drawn 4, lost 1
— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) September 7, 2016
The first 45 minutes was nothing to set your DVR for. Very sloppy by both sides in just about every aspect of the match. Mexico’s passing was not good by any means, and Honduras did what they usually do in hard fouls and time wasting.
It was Honduras whose tactics were victorious going into halftime with the 0-0 scoreline.
The second half was not worthy of many highlights, as it was the same as the first. Honduras were doing very well at sitting back, and Mexico looked like the Mexico from 2013 where they could not connect to save their lives. It was a scary sight for Mexico fans, although the current unit didn’t have a lot of time together.
Mexico’s best opportunity came when the ball fell right to Hirving Lozano’s feet, but the ball flew over the empty net.
Wonder why Osorio didn’t try Guardado as CDM from the start, and put Herrera and Orbelin as the attacking midfielders. Reyes was BAD.
— Nayib Morán (@nayibmoran) September 7, 2016
Although the match was virtually an exhibition, there was nothing to take away for Juan Carlos Osorio. He will, however, have an opportunity to see what his team can do this Autumn with two friendlies in October: 10/8 vs New Zealand, and 10/11 vs Panama.
The HEX for Mex
- 11/11/2016 @ USA
- 11/15/2016 @ Panama
- 3/24/2017 vs Costa Rica
- 3/28/2017 @ Trinidad & Tobago
- 6/9/2017 vs Honduras
- 6/13/2017 vs USA
- 9/1/2017 vs Panama
- 9/5/2017 @ Costa Rica
- 10/6/2017 vs Trinidad & Tobago
- 10/10/2017 @ Honduras
It doesn’t start easy for Mexico, as they head to Columbus, Ohio to play in a stadium that has haunted them in qualifying. Will this be the cycle that we see a result, or even a goal in Columbus?
Cant remember the last time we headed into Columbus with good momentum. Osorio’s gotta call a full swuad for these friendlies
— El Tri stats & info (@ElTriCentral) September 7, 2016
Mexico’s exhibition in October against Panama will be massive because of the fact their second match in the Hex is away at Panama.
It will be interesting to see how Osorio re-groups and attacks this time around in the Hex, because the last time around was a nightmare for El Tri.