The El Tri of Mexico came from a goal down to outscore the Soccer Warriors of Trinidad and Tobago by three goals: thus securing their qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, though they still have a game in hand in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches.
The home side playing outside the prestigious Azteca Stadium in Mexico dominated both halves of the game with their superior ball possession and their incessant attacking play that enabled them to breach the defense line of their opponent several times in the game.
The superior skills of El Tri players was evident in this game and it found multiple expressions in the ease with which they tore into the opponent’s half of the pitch, but they were unable score for a very long spell in the match.
Javier Aquino was very active operating from the left flank, but his crosses from that position into the opponent’s goal-mouth failed to find connection from his team mates.
Miguel Layun fifteen minute free kick missed the goalpost narrowly. Aquino was the next Mexican player to squander an open scoring chance when he fired the ball over the crossbar from inside the opponent’s eighteen yard box.
Soccer Warriors had an opportunity to shoot into the lead in the twenty fourth minute of the game , but Levi Garcia’s shot was punched out of danger goalkeeper Jose De Jesus Corona.
At the dying minutes of the first half, the El Tri were attacking their opponent’s from both flanks but they were unable to convert the numerous crosses that came into the eighteen yard box into goals.
Mexico took complete control of the game in the second half while their opponent defended in numbers to stave off Mexico’s ceaseless attacking football.
Hector Hererra almost scored for the home side in the fifth fourth minute. He received the ball in the opponent’s eighteen yard box, by a clever feint evaded his marker only to fire his final shot far away from the goalpost.
Against the run of play, the Soccer Warriors scored through Shahdon Winchester in the sixty fifth minute of the game.
After conceding the goal the El Tri, invigorated by the raucous chants of their fans, launched an unending and an a devastating attacking play against their opponent from all areas in their final third.
Jesus Corona was a source of unending trouble for the visiting team with his movements on and off the ball, his link-up play with his team mates and his electrifying dribbling from the flanks.
The home team eventually broke the dead lock when Hirving Lozano scored from Miguel Layun’s reverse pass from the right-hand of the opponent’s eighteen yard box.
Javier Hernandez almost doubled his side lead few minutes after his team equalized but goalkeeper Foncette was able to save his shot from inside the penalty box.
Javier Hernandez’s application in the match finally paid off when he scored from the ball which Foncette had pushed right in front of him from a Corona’s curling shot.
Hector Hererra transported the entire Mexican fans inside the stadium into a celebratory mood when he skillfully scored a free kick awarded to his side in the dying minutes of additional time.
With today’s victory the El Tri have booked their qualification for next year World Cup finals in Russia, with their remaining match being solely of academic interest.