A 89th minute header from Mexico’s ever present leader Rafael Marquez gave Mexico a huge 2-1 victory over arch rivals USA in the World Cup Qualifiers.
Mexico also ended their 4 match loosing streak at the Columbus stadium and registered massive 3 points.
The match between the neighbors had added heat because of recent political results and the visitors were up for an uphill task to beat Jurgen Klinsmann’s team at home. The game was dominated by Mexicans and they had several chances. Miguel Layun gave El Tri an early advantage as his shot outreached the US keeper. Mexico also came close and hit the post twice through Jesus Corona and Carlos Vela. At the early stages of the second half, Bobby Wood equalized for the home side. The game was heading to a draw, but Rafael Marquez had other ideas. A Miguel Layun corner was headed home by the former Barcelona player and the away side had their last say.
Mexico’s Andres Guardado was injured and had to go off in the 26th minute, while defender Carlos Salcedo got his marching orders in the dying minutes of the game.
“It was a long time that we haven’t had a good game here. We are very happy and this is very important for us,” Marquez said. USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, on the other hand, was criticized for his experiment with a 3 men back line. He however told after the match, “Mexico had the better first half, in the second half we were outstanding.”
It is a bitter pill to swallow for the USA fans as they have lost at home to Mexico after 15 years in an World Cup qualifying tie.
USA will play their second match against Costa Rica on Tuesday, while Mexico face Panama.
USA: Howard (Guzan); Besler (Orozco), Brooks, Gonzalez; Chandler (Yedlin), Jones, Bradley, Johnson, Pulisic; Wood, Altidore
Mexico: Talavera; Reyes (Ayala), Marquez, Moreno, Layun; Guardado (Salcedo), Herrera, Dos Santos, Vela (Lozano), Corona; Chicharito
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Photo by Celso Flores