CHICHARITO HELPS MEXICO TO REACH HEX TOP

Mexican football recorded a high when the national team defeated Costa Rica 2-0.


Winning that battle has helped the nation to the top of the Hexagonal round in CONCACAF World Cup qualification.

The night would be one embattled striker Javier Hernandez would not forget in a long while. The night saw him get a goal after nine months. The former Manchester United hitman equaled Borgetti’s record in fine style. The El Tri legend scored 46 goals in 89 appearances for Mexico and Chicharito equaled it when he scored his 46th as well on his 89th match.

Doing this when the states were high – a major World Cup qualifying match – was much more praised than if it were during the friendly game against the US or Trinidad and Tobago next week.

Former Gunner star Carlos Vela sent a well-timed pass to the player in the 7th minute. Chicharito lifted the ball over the onrushing Madrid keeper KeylorNavas. Estadio Azteca, which hosted the match, went wild in celebrations.

The visitors’ had their plan ruptured with the goal. Their 5-4-1 formation provided little respite and the plan of taking advantage of counter attacks did not bear any fruits.

Mexico would be pleased with the result but also worried after Hernandez seem to pick up an injury. The injury is likely not a serious one but would worry Coach Juan Carlos Osorio nonetheless.

Vela was impressive during the game. After assisting Hernandez, he sent the cross to Peralta in the 25th minute. He tried making the fans light up after numerous disappointments.

Things seem to have calmed down after their 7-0 embarrassment by eventual winners Chile at the Copa America. The games against Honduras and the US in June seem to be the next plans. There’s also the Confederations Cup in Russia but things seem okay for now.

 

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