Copa America: Mexico 1, Venezuela 1: Osorio’s Experimenting Almost Costs Mexico

Jesus Manuel Corona #10 of Mexico celebrates a second half goal with his teammates during the 2016 Copa America Centenario Group match between Mexico and Venezuela at NRG Stadium on June 13, 2016 in Houston, Texas.
Copa America: Mexico 1, Venezuela 1: Osorio’s Experimenting Almost Costs Mexico

Mexico entered Monday’s game against Venezuela, and it was a battle for first place in the group, with advantage Mexico. A draw was enough to put Mexico on top of the group with a better goal differential.

We saw a team in Colombia lose their first place spot when they threw out a lineup with a lot of changes which ended up losing 2-3 to Costa Rica. The footballing world thought that the result was enough to wake up the managers in the tournament to not sleep on any team.


Juan Carlos Osorio, however, didn’t learn. He made nine changes from the previous game to face Venezuela. It took only 10 minutes for the pain to be felt, as José Velásquez scored for Venezuela on a set piece.

Mexico would do what they usually do and dominate possession, but the final product was simply not there. Even with a few controversial non-calls, Mexico looked like they were in a true dog fight.

It took 80 minutes, but Tecatito Corona finally dribbled past the Venezuelan defense and netted for Mexico. It was arguably one of the best goals, if not the best goal of the group stages.

Despite getting the 1-1 final, Mexico fans have to be scratching their head after this match. Osorio made a bizarre decision in changing the lineups in every game. Even more so, changing the keeper position every single group stage match.


There was rustiness from several players, and Jesús Corona looked very shaky in net. If Osorio continues to make these moves, it could really hurt Mexico.

However, Mexico will advance in the tournament, regardless. They will await the result of the ChilePanama match to see who they will face in the knockout round.

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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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