Any Silver Lining For Mexico?

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Any Silver Lining For Mexico?

It was the worst loss in Mexican history. A 0-7 drubbing by Chile had killed off a 22-game unbeaten streak, as well as all the confidence built up by it.

Yet, is there anything positive to take away from it? Anything the fans can look forward to? Here a few things that may mask the pain until the next time Mexico takes the pitch…

Freakish results sometimes…happen

The most recent result that shocked the footballing world was Brazil’s 1-7 loss to Germany at the 2014 World Cup, the worst home loss Brazil has ever seen.

Earlier in that tournament, Spain, reigning champions, were dismantled by the Netherlands, 1-5.

In 2010 World Cup qualifying, Argentina was sent home after a 1-6 blasting by Bolivia. A team that had not been to a World Cup since 1994.

Now, these results are not to excuse Mexico’s loss, but they are to point out that it isn’t always the end of the world for teams. Argentina has surely moved on from that result, and Mexico will need to do the same.


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Osorio is on the hot seat, needing redemption 

Juan Carlos Osorio surely hurt his reputation after this loss, but it started earlier in the group stage, as well. Osorio moved formations, lineups, even goalkeepers in every match. It appeared as if he was not managing a national team.

If Osorio continues with his position, he will seek redemption after such a massacre. Luckily, there is plenty of Mexican talent to try and correct what happened. However, it will be the last straw for Osorio, so he better start reviewing tape…and lots of it.

Another opportunity in 2017

Mexico has its ticket to the 2017 Confederations Cup. A tournament that will be the battle of the 8 best nations from their respective regions.

Mexico might, if they’re lucky, get another shot at Chile, since they are both heading to Russia that summer. Mexico and (maybe) Osorio need to get qualification on track, and head into this tournament with a new, humbled confidence.


Photo by: Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time

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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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