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WCQ: Stalemate in Azteca, Mexico Cleared for Hex

Mexico's Andres Guardado (R) is marked by Honduras' Johnny Palacios during their Russia 2018 World Cup football qualifier match in Mexico City, on September 6, 2016. / AFP / Yuri CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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.

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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.

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Mexico’s best opportunity came when the ball fell right to Hirving Lozano’s feet, but the ball flew over the empty net.

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.

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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?

Mexico’s exhibition in October against Panama will be massive because of the fact their second match in the Hex is away at Panama.

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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.

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