After two matches, Juan Carlos Osorio has Mexico in a perfect spot in World Cup qualification. El Tri went down to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and defeated Honduras for the first time in 22 years (50 years since the last time in San Pedro Sula).
The match, as expected, was not easy on the eye. The pitch was in subpar condition, the humidity was high, and there were a lot of fouls. Luis Garrido of Honduras even suffered a devastating knee injury, as a result of a foul on Javier Aquino, who subsequently fell into Garrido.
At halftime, the score remained 0-0, but the second half opened up more for both teams.
Honduras tried to push up more and had more space, which Mexico tried to capitalize on. In the 55th minute, Mexico looked to take the lead when Raúl Jiménez took a shot off a deflection, but the ball sailed over the cross bar.
Tecatito Corona was subbed into the game for Aquino, and his presence was felt immediately. Mexico had a free kick in the 66th minute, and a heading clearance by Honduras fell to Corona, who flipped the ball to himself and volleyed home a golazo for Mexico.
Mexico wasn’t done there. Jürgen Damm doubled Mexico’s score in the 72nd minute, after he stole the ball and faked his pass into a shot, which fooled the Honduran defense.
The win was monumental for Mexico, and sets them up well when they return to qualification in March against Canada (home and away matches).
Juan Carlos Osorio made the right moves, and the critics have momentarily been silenced. However, there is a lot of work to do for Osorio and El Tri.
Mexico went undefeated in the round before the Hex in 2012, and then went on to have a terrible qualification.
Yet, for now, Juan Carlos Osorio is earning the respect of the Mexico team…and that is exactly what he wanted.