Mexico vs New Zealand; Ready for the Gold Cup
Mexico faced off against New Zealand in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday evening. The squad easily beat their opponents 3-0 in a game that could have been much more lopsided in favor of the Mexican team.
Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Francisco Rodríguez, Carlos Salcido, Hector Moreno, Efrain Juarez; Gerardo Torrado, Israel Castro; Pablo Barrera, Giovani dos Santos, Andrew Guardado; Aldo de Nigris
New Zealand: Glen Moss; Winston Reid, Ivan Vicelich, Michael Fitzgerald, Andrew Boyens; Michael Boxall, Simon Elliott, Tim Brown; Shane Smeltz, Kosta Barbarouses, Chris Wood
Mexico had an opportunity in the opening moments of the game. Pablo Barrera made his way down the right in the second minute and passed to Israel Castro. The Pumas man found himself in front of goal, but he slipped and the ball flew wide.
Aldo de Nigris seemed to have opened the score in the tenth minute, sending the ball to the back of the net. However, the linesman put up his flag and deemed it an offside goal.
In the 20th minute de Nigris again had an opportunity. The Monterrey player crashed against the goalkeeper, Glen Moss, but he managed to recuperate the ball. The ball bounced and he sent it toward goal, but a defender managed to block.
Giovani Dos Santos opened the score in the 22nd minute. Carlos Salcido started the play on the left and tried to shoot, but he found his shot blocked. Dos Santos then picked up the ball and took his own shot and scored to put Mexico up on the board.
It was Dos Santos again, in the 29th minute, that scored for Mexico. Gerardo Torrado sent the ball to Dos Santos and the edge of the box. Dos Santos controlled in between two defenders and rounded Moss to simply push in the ball for the goal.
De Nigris found an opportunity at goal in the 36th minute, but he missed. He made it near to the goal, but Moss managed to get a hand on it to divert the ball.
Andres Guardado provided de Nigris a cross from the left and the Monterrey player went past the goalkeeper to score Mexico’s third goal of the night.
In the second half, several New Zealand players played tough with Salcido with a small scuffle breaking out in the 50th minute after Mulligan went studs on the defender.
Francisco ‘Maza’ Rodriguez provided another opportunity at goal in added time during a corner kick. The player won in the air and headed toward goal, but the ball hit the post to keep Mexico’s advantage at three goals.
The game died down in the second half. Overall it was a good effort from the Mexico side, and it seems like the team is ready for the Gold Cup. Mexico will have Chicharito for the tournament, and it seems that he was the only thing missing for the team to show their true colors.
Giovani Dos Santos showed that he’s carried over his form from his time at Racing and hopefully that continues through the tournament. It’s not only a time for him to keep showing that he’s an important part of the national team, but also a time for him to showcase himself to secure a spot on some European team next season.
He’s not Mexico’s goalscorer, and tonight that task was supposed to be carried out by Aldo de Nigris. Usually I enjoy watching de Nigris, but tonight he missed too many chances throughout the game.
Also interesting to note is that Guillermo Ochoa took over as goalkeeper in the last game before the tournament. This probably means that he will be the goalkeeper for the tournament. He wasn’t asked of too much tonight.
Job well done to the team. It seems like the team’s ready.
And a final note– Jonathan Dos Santos has incorporated into the U-22 squad for the Copa America.
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