Concacaf qualifiers: Mexico wins a thorny match against El Salvador

Héctor Moreno celebrates with his teammates the 0-1 against El Salvador.
Héctor Moreno celebrates with his teammates the 0-1 against El Salvador.MARVIN RECINOS (AFP)

Mexico complies. It does not fascinate, nor is it exquisite when it plays visiting. The final goal of the Tri de Tata Martino is to get a good result, which is why they signed him. The Mexican team has achieved a 0-2 victory against the deceptive El Salvador team that is weak, but is growing against the Mexicans. With two right shots at the right time, Mexico remains at the top of the playoffs and without turbulence heading to the World Cup.

The Savior


Mario González, Bryan Tamacas (Marcelo Díaz, min. 75), Mario Jacobo, Eduardo Vigil, Larín, Darwin Ceren (Lizandro Claros, min. 50), Isaac Portillo, Alexander Roldan, Enrico Hernández, Marvin Monterroza and Joaquin Rivas



Ochoa, Néstor Araújo, Julio Dominguez, Héctor Moreno, Osvaldo Rodríguez (Jesús Gallardo, min. 63), Orbelín Pineda (Héctor Herrera, min. 62), Carlos Rodríguez, Luis Romo, Rogelio Funes Mori (Raúl Jiménez, min. 62) , Ernesto Vega (Jesús Corona, min. 20) and Hirving Lozano (Luis Rodríguez, min. 69)

Goals 0-1 min. 29: Héctor Moreno. 0-2 min. 92: Raúl Jiménez.

Yellow cards Hirving Lozano (min. 26), Isaac Portillo (min. 36), Néstor Araújo (min. 55), Héctor Moreno (min. 74) and Raúl Jiménez (min. 77)

Red cards Mario Jacobo (min. 47) and Néstor Araújo (min. 66)

El Tri de Tata Martino arrived in San Salvador with the peace of mind that the World Cup tie is going well. Last Sunday, El Tri had a banquet at the Azteca stadium against Honduras (3-0). Peace of mind was vital to make a stopover in the toughest plaza in all of Conacaf: San Salvador. There the fans turn to become a declared enemy of the Mexican team. They are going to disturb the concentration hotel with chants and fireworks and, already on the field, they drop all kinds of insults. The phrase coined in the Central American country that borders on a common place is: “We are not going to the World Cup, but we will beat Mexico.” This is the great game of every four years for El Salvador. President Nayib Bukele did not miss the opportunity to propagandize with a sign saying “El Salvador is with Bukele.”

Martino faced the match against El Salvador with an alternative line-up, sweetened with youth footballers who won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games. And, could not miss, the effusiveness of Hirving Lozano. The Mexican team went out onto the field with more ideas than stage fright. Osvaldo Rodríguez tried with a header that ended on one side of the goal. It was an omen. Mexico lost one of its promising boys, Alexis Vega, who had also been injured in a knockout match against Panama a month ago.

Half an hour into the game, Mexico found the goal thanks to the providential head of Héctor Moreno to score on a corner kick. The center-back, who played for Espanyol, helped his team to further dose the effort against a rocky team from El Salvador that wanted to advance at speed. With a strong blow, the Mexicans were left with the partial victory.

At the start of the second half, the Salvadoran team was left with 10 players after a rigorous decision by the referee. Mario Alberto Jacobo routinely fouled Rogelio Funes Mori on the edge of the goal area and was sent off. The way was slightly clear for Mexico. Orbelín Pineda kicked a deflected goal, and the second Mexican soldier fell: Osvaldo Rodríguez came out after a hard tackle with the boots, And the game exploded in the face of Tata Martino when, with 66 minutes of play, Celta central Néstor Araujo, took the red card. The Argentine strategist had to back down a bit to protect the team and the result. Replaced Chucky Lozano to shield the defense.

El Tri tried to take advantage of the counterattacks with the elegant touches of Héctor Herrera and the dribbles of Tecatito Crown. In the throes of the match, striker Raúl Jiménez was knocked down in the area. The whistler scored the penalty. Jiménez, specialist, scored the second goal. With little and with a very sober game, Mexico achieved a vital victory. November awaits Mexico with another two away games that will raise the challenge: the classic against the United States (Friday 12) and Canada (Tuesday 16).

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