Mexico 2, Senegal 0: The Good & The Bad

Rodolfo Pizarro of Mexico celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during the international friendly match between Mexico and Senegal at Marlins Park on February 10, 2016 in Miami, United States.
Mexico 2, Senegal 0: The Good & The Bad

Mexico opened up its 2016 year with a friendly against Senegal. 15,000 in Miami came out to see a mixed batch of Mexican league players look for their first win of the year. Who impressed? Who Struggled? Check out the breakdown…

The Good

The youngsters. Simply put, the most dangerous players on the field were Mexico’s Olympic hopefuls. Hirving Lozano, Candido Ramírez, and Rodolfo Pizarro shined for Mexico against Senegal. Lozano was a threat anytime he received the ball on the win, even in the first half with little help.

When Candido and Pizarro came on in the second half, the 0-0 stalemate changed. Mexico got a score from Jesús Dueñas via assist from Candido. Later, Lozano would send a beautiful cross to Pizarro for the game sealing goal.

It’s no surprise that these kids are talented, and on Wednesday night, they saved Mexico from a very stale 0-0 result.

The Bad

It is time for Mexico’s management to start breaking ties with certain players. I understand this was a Non-FIFA date friendly, but Yasser Corona, Jesús Zavala, and Gerardo Flores struggled mightily against the Senegalese squad.

Yasser Corona almost gave away a complete home-run to Senegal in the first half by flubbing the ball, allowing a Senegal player to steal it. Thankfully, he was saved by Jesús ‘Chuy’ Corona.

Flores has not changed since we last saw him at the 2015 Copa América. Very sloppy touches, poor passing, and indecisive movements. Same could be said for Zavala. As someone who is supposed to be experienced, he looked lost at times, unsure of what he was supposed to do.

What’s Next?

Mexico will face home and away World Cup qualifiers on March 25 (away) and March 29 (home) against Canada.

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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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