Mexico 2, New Zealand 0: Mmmmmm, Kiwis
The goals didn’t flow in right away like in the game against Bolivia, but the young Mexican players were able to get it done with two amazing goals by ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Carlos Vela.
Mexico had some difficulty with New Zealand in the beginning and the cross bar helped maintain the score level during the first half.
For the European based players, this was their only opportunity to make their case for inclusion in the final squad.
After the opening header by Hernandez, Mexico had an easier time with the second goal arriving only minutes later.
Salcido, Osorio, Marquez, Juarez
Guardado, Jonathan, Torrado, Giovani
Blanco, De Nigris.
Blanco and De Nigris disappointed at top once again. They didn’t provide too much and the results of them being taken off were noticed immediately. Poor Cuauh’s levels have gone down during his time at Veracruz and he spent most of his time on the ground. De Nigris has been injured through his time with the team, and he revealed that he played through ankle pain against New Zealand. Even though this may have hindered his performance, it’s also shown that there are other players who are more than capable to take on the responsibility.
Goals: Chicharito 53′, Carlos Vela 57′
Maza, Moreno, Vela, Hernandez, Luna and Castro[the latter two in deeper stages of the game] made their way onto the field in the second half and the impact was immediately noticeable. The goals came quickly and it showcased Mexico’s strong youth contingent. All of the younger players had their own special moments in the game from Hernandez scoring his third goal in two games for Mexico to Jonathan’s rocket hitting the cross bar earlier in the game.
If you enjoyed Mexico’s performance in the new black jerseys, you can get one too! You may not have the same scoring ability as ‘Chicharito,’ but at least you’ll sort-of look like him.
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