Mexico defeated Guyana 3-1 in their opening game of World Cup qualification at the Azteca Stadium.
Although the home team won all three points, the scoreline was less than expected. Many predicted that Mexico would greatly outscore their opponents, and for the first half hour of the game it seemed like it might be the case.
Mexico: Corona, Meza, ‘Maza’ Rodriguez, Moreno, Salcido, Zavala, Barrera, Giovani dos Santos, Andres Guardado, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez, Aldo de Nigris.
Guyana: Williams, J. Newton, Rodrigues, L. Cort, Moore, Shakes, Nurse, C. Cort, McKinnon, Jacobs, H. Newton.
Mexico welcomed their guests with several opening shots, but nothing that created extreme danger.
However, the back of the net rustled when Carlos Salcido shot with his left leg for Mexico’s first goal. After the ball had bounced around in Guyana’s box, Salcido met it on the bounce and shot straight to goal.
Giovani Dos Santos added Mexico’s second in the 14th minute. A back heel from ‘Chicharito’ put the ball with Aldo de Nigris who then held it for Dos Santos’ until he sent it to the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.
Mexico continued to press, but had difficulty scoring. Hernandez sent a shot at goal, but the ball refused to go in and hit the post.
Guyana gave Mexico a slight scare in the 43rd minute with a shot inside the box, but Ricky Shakes was unable to give the ball any guidance.
In the 51st minute Guyana put themselves behind with a third goal. Andres Guardado centered the ball, but ‘Chicharito’ was unable to connect. Instead, John Paul Rodrigues put the ball into the back of his own net and put his team at a 3-0 disadvantage.
But Mexico had a goal left to score. In the 62nd minute Hector Moreno scored an own goal as he tried to defend. Leon Cort had sent a ball into the box, and when Moreno tried to clear he sent it to the back of the net instead to set the score at 3-1.
Neither side could score another goal and the game ended with all three points going to Mexico.
Mexico face El Salvador on Tuesday, June 12.
El Salvador tied against Costa Rica in their opening game, 2-2.