Second-half substitutions save Mexico in back-and-forth win over Costa Rica


MONTERREY, Mexico — The Mexican nationwide staff needed to rally twice on Thursday evening to in the end beat CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica in a entertaining pleasant at Estadio Universitario. Listed below are three ideas from Mexico’s win over Costa Rica. 

1. Tremendous-subs rescue win for Mexico

This was a flawed, however in the end passable evening for Mexico. The three-2 victory over Costa Rica ended a streak of 4 consecutive losses and after being down 2-1 at half-time, El Tri needs to be pleased with what was a constructive second-half show.

The distinction between the primary 45 minutes and the second for Mexico? Coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti’s substitutions.

Ferretti said on the eve of the sport that he was nonetheless contemplating whether or not to begin any of the seven Europe-based gamers and he in the end determined to not. The ensuing beginning XI was all Mexico-based and had a median age of 23 years, with 9 of the eleven aged 25 or below. On the opposite aspect, Keylor Navas-led Costa Rica wasn’t removed from being full-strength, with new head coach Gustavo Matosas trying on from the stands in Estadio Universitario.

Ferretti’s substitutions, nevertheless, modified the sport. Striker Henry Martin and winger Jurgen Damm had been introduced on at half-time and mixed to degree the rating at 2-2 within the 56th minute, with Damm offering the cross for Martin to go in.

After an hour, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona and Raul Jimenez entered the sector as Mexico chased the sport.

It labored. Martin drew a foul within the penalty space from David Guzman within the 70th and Jimenez stepped as much as internet what turned out to be the profitable purpose in entrance of 35,827 — six thousand under the capability of the stadium.

It turned out to be an thrilling recreation, one which gave us some perception into the place these younger nationwide staff gamers are at.

The reply was seen within the second half as Mexico wrestled the sport from Costa Rica instantly as a result of extra expertise got here onto the sector. This crop of younger Mexico gamers remains to be inexperienced, however they’re going to achieve important expertise from nights like this.

2. Mexico’s younger protection suffers in opposition to Costa Rica’s expertise

When Gibran Lajud nearly allowed a free ball to slide below his foot and into the purpose in just about his first contact in worldwide soccer, the tone was sort of set for a nervous defensive efficiency by the house aspect.

It was maybe anticipated on condition that the beginning again 5, together with Lajud, had a median age of below 22 years previous. With Costa Rica’s assistant Ronald Gonzalez fielding an assault together with Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz and Johan Venegas, this was at all times going to be a tough evening.

However as Ferretti stated within the build-up, that is the sort of expertise that these younger gamers want. Costa Rica’s first-half targets got here from defensive errors from Mexico that can actually must be realized from. Bryan Oviedo’s cross to Campbell on the far put up ought to’ve been higher handled by Gerardo Arteaga and Jesus Angulo, however there was confusion amongst the Santos Laguna teammates over which ought to’ve been placing strain on the Frosinone ahead.

Angulo’s positioning was unusual general, with the 20-year-old performed by Ferretti in a left center-back position, regardless of the very fact he performs as left-back for his membership aspect. Then there was Josecarlos Van Rankin, who assisted a purpose, however who gave away a penalty within the 42nd, dealing with an Oviedo cross. It wasn’t a deliberate handball, however at worldwide degree you possibly can’t be charging down the ball with arms flailing like a goalkeeper popping out to make a save.

Issues improved after the break, with Duenas moved to right-back to changed Van Rankin and Raul Gudino approaching for the nervous-looking Lajud.

three. Tepid response from Monterrey crowd

There are common requires Mexico to play extra video games in exterior of Mexico Metropolis, the place the followers hardly ever get to see the nationwide staff. And most of these debates sooner or later point out how good Monterrey followers are at supporting native Liga MX groups Tigres and Rayados.

This was the primary time the Mexican nationwide staff had performed a pleasant inside Mexico however exterior the capital in nearly three years. And the outcome was combined. Tickets had been offered at $23 USD and up on the ticket workplace — costly for a recreation in Mexico — however exterior the stadium scalpers had been providing them for under that value. That is by no means an excellent signal.

The ambiance exterior the stadium beforehand was flat, however which will have been anticipated given the squad is each shorn of a full-time supervisor and with out Europe-based stars like Javier Hernandez, Andres Guardado and Guillermo Ochoa. On prime of that, the reminiscence of Mexico going out of the World Cup on the round-of-16 stage as soon as once more remains to be recent. There was no coaching session in Monterrey forward of the sport, with the staff staying of their Mexico Metropolis base till Wednesday afternoon. It was additionally very a lot a Tigres crowd, with the membership selling the sport within the membership’s residence stadium and Rayados staying out of the promotion.

However when the sport bought underway, the group began to heat up. The “wave,” which legend states originated on this stadium, began to do laps, and “Cielito Lindo” rang out and nearly all of the seats had been occupied.

All in all, the FMF would’ve seen little to persuade them that enjoying extra friendlies in Mexico is best than within the consolation of the USA.


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