Mexico played a drab goal-less draw with Jamaica in their second match in the ongoing CONCACAF Gold Cup hosted by the United States of America.
The El Tri dominated play and possession of the ball throughout the match, with the Jamaicans just content to sit back and defend in numbers while waiting for opportunities to launch counter-attacks.
Few scoring chances were created in the match, with a majority of them coming from Mexico.
Eric Torres had a chance to put the Mexicans ahead in the first half, but his powerful header ricocheted off the goal post.
Mexico’s mid-field pairing of Jesus Moilna and Jesus Duenas were unable to link-up play with their attackers, because the Jamaicans threw all their players into the centre of the pitch, leaving Cory Burke as the only player upfront.
Due to the tight-knitted defensive formation of the Reggae Boyz, the Mexicans turned to the flanks to launch their attacking play.
Right full back Edison Alvarez was combining well with Jorge Hernandez on the right flank. But most of Hernandez’s crosses from the flank were superbly dealt with by the two Jamaican central halves, Jermaine Taylor and Damion Lowe.
The left flank was another source of attacking outlet for the Mexicans.Orbelin Pineda and Jesus Gallardo continually ran rings around Alvas Powell from the left flank but their efforts yielded no goals.
Jamaica had a chance to score in the twenty fifth minute of the game. A cross from Kevon lambert located Oniel Fisher inside Mexico’s penalty box, but the attacking mid-fielder elected to chest the ball down before shooting but lost the scoring opportunity in the process.
Jesus Molina’s header from a corner kick was flying into the net only for Jermaine Taylor to make a touchline clearance with his head.
The second half resumed and Jamaica stuck to their defensive formation, which encouraged the Mexicans to come out and attack them.
The Mexicans became very predictable in their attacking play and this made it easier for the Jamaicans to deal with everything thrown at them.
Jamaica were denied a legitimate penalty by the referee when Hugo Ayala fell Darren Mattock inside Mexico penalty box.
The match ended with Jamaica successfully thwarting all the goal-scoring attempts of their more attack-minded opponent.
Today,s draw puts Mexico at the top of group C, having earned four points from two matches. Jamaica also have the same number of points from the same number of matches but sit at the second position of the Group due to the fewer number of goals they have scored.