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Mexico 2, Jamaica 0: Staying On Track

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Mexico entered Thursday’s game after a much needed 3-1 victory over Uruguay, but up next was a foe they knew all too well…Jamaica.

Mexico defeated Jamaica, 3-1, in last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final, so they knew Jamaica was coming for a bit of revenge in the match.

Mexico started the match with the usual domination of possession, and they created several chances. It was in the 18th minute when Tecatito crossed it perfectly to Chicharito for the 1-0 lead. Chicharito is now two goals away from becoming Mexico’s All-time leading goal scorer.

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Unfortunately, for Mexico, they started slacking in the game. It was a typical match where Mexico goes up against a CONCACAF rival, but doesn’t capitalize on all their chances. Also, the defense had some serious errors, something that needs to be fixed immediately.

Yasser Corona won the start, but it would be very surprising if he keeps his spot.  Several times he passed the ball either too short, or right to the Jamaican attackers.

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Memo Ochoa came up massive on several occasions, and made a case for himself as the “Man of the match.” Mexico would go into the half up, 1-0, similar to that of the Gold Cup in 2015.

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The second half was very sloppy from Mexico, and Jamaica tried their best to capitalize. Time and time again, Mexico would waste very precious chances. It was in the 80th minute when Hirving Lozano blew by Jamaican defenders and passed it off to Hector Herrera, but Oribe Peralta got a left footed shot which rolled perfectly into the net.

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The 2-0 victory is enough for El Tri to clinch a spot in the knockout rounds, but there is a major game with Venezuela Monday, June 13. Winner of the game will most likely avoid playing Argentina in the first knockout match.

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