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Mexico: Difficult draw in Panama will suffice

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Panama's midfielder Edgar Barcenas (L) and Mexico's Miguel Layun vie for the ball during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match in Panama City on November 15, 2016. / AFP / RODRIGO ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP/Getty Images)

If you were a Mexico fan looking at the Hexagonal schedule for the first two games, you’d most likely be happy with two draws. Mexico, however, was able to claim four points after two matches…both on the road.

Mexico went down to visit a rainy Panama stadium to finish out the November WCQ’s, which kicked off the final round of qualifying in the CONCACAF region. Panama headed into the match with a 1-0 win over Honduras, so getting a win over bitter rivals Mexico would be the cherry on top.

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The game started very brutal. There were a lot of sloppy passes, the ball sailed past players, and fouls were accumulating. Mexico was the one receiving some harsh treatment, but the referee had pity on the home team. The half ended a very dull 0-0, and a draw was looking very good for Mexico in the unfavorable conditions.

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Mexico picked up the pace in the second half, dominating possession, yet, threats were slim at the goal. As mentioned, the ball popped off of players feet, and the rhythm of the game broke up several plays.

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Panama looked dangerous on a few attempts but was usually snuffed out by the Mexican defense, and or Memo Ochoa.

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The game ended in a 0-0 draw, and Mexico is going to finish off 2016 on a high note. There is a lot of work to do in 2017, but they are sitting pretty in second place in the standings, giving hope and erasing qualifying doubts that were created in 2013.

It’s safe to say Juan Carlos Osorio has cooled his seat off. Granted, he only lost one match as manager, lethargic play was causing many to doubt his word as manager. Today, though, is different, as he looks to have regained ground with even some of the biggest doubters.

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