It was the final match of group play in the 2017 Confederations Cup, and both Russia and Mexico were pressured in order to win a trip to the semifinal. Mexico needed to finish with a draw or win, while Russia needed a win to advance.
Mexico was able to walk away with the victory, and unlike 2013, they are headed to the semifinal to play winner of Group B.
Here are some notes from the match…
- Mexico’s ability to comeback in matches has been the story of the cup. It is unlike a Mexico team to show resiliency and calm after going down. If Juan Carlos Osorio is getting something right, it’s building a new mindset for El Tri.
- Juan Carlos Osorio didn’t make the mistake of tinkering with the XI. He placed nearly Mexico’s best possible eleven on the field.
- Chucky Lozano showed why he generated so much interest in Europe. Despite being quiet in the first half, his hustle and awareness gave Mexico a 2-1 lead, even with a kick to his chest.
- El Tri’s defense, with talented defenders, is still not organized/gelled. They give a lot of space to attacking opponents, which Osorio needs to sort out.
- Aside from some jitters and sloppiness, one thing which was disappointing with Mexico was the lack of going for the jugular after being up and Russia having only 10-men. They looked too content with keeping the passes going, even though Russia was still able to generate counters.
- Jonathan dos Santos is one of, if not the best player on the field, game in and game out. There is no debate, his quality is unmatched.