Mexico National Team achieved their place in the Confederations Cup by defeating United States 3-2 in front of a capacity crowd of 93,723 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California to lift the CONCACAF Cup, and earned the right to represent the region at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, who missed the Gold Cup due to an injury, opened the scoring for Mexico in the tenth minute, tapping home from only a few yards out to finish off a good spell of possession and positive build-up from El Tri.
USA equalised five minutes later from a set-piece, Geoff Cameron heading in Michael Bradley’s free-kick. Bradley nearly put the Stars and Stripes ahead just before the break from another free-kick, but Moises Munoz did well to deny the American captain with a fine save at the near post.
Oribe Peralta put Mexico ahead six minutes into the extra period with a calm finish from 12 yards to send the El Tri supporters into a frenzy around the Rose Bowl. However, in the 108th minute, Bobby Wood equalised for the Americans. DeAndre Yedlin slid in a through ball in from the edge of the box and Wood, who has scored important goals for the Stars and Stripes against Germany and Netherlands earlier this year, finished past Munoz to make it 2-2.
That goal energised the Americans and they continued to press forward, but it was Aguilar who scored the winner for Mexico two minutes from time in spectacular fashion. USA were unable to clear their back line and Aguilar’s volley from the right beat the diving Guzan and settled into the side netting to send El Tri to Russia in 2017.
USA were unable to clear their back line and Aguilar’s volley from the right beat the diving Guzman and settled into the side netting to send El Tri to Russia in 2017.
The dish is served for the new head coach of the Mexican National Team the Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, all he has to do is continue with the same team and achieve the classified 2018 World Cup Russia.
Photos: Walfri Rodas