Mexico began its Pre-Olympic tour against Great Britain with a 1-0 win. Gaining momentum is huge for Mexico, as the Olympics will have some very difficult squads. Mexico headed to play Spain on Wednesday, hoping to gain a positive result. Early in the match, Mexico did very well with possession, and seemed to begin its chance creation process. Aquino frequently freed himself from Spaniard defenders.
However, with all the momentum building, Mexico failed where it has many times in the past…corners. El Tri miss marked their men, and Corona was out of position to punch the ball free. Javi Martinez capitalized and scored in the 13th minute. Yet, Aquino and Herrera continued to make the game interesting. Dodging opponents left and right, the two tried their best to get a shot at goal. Aquino had a great opportunity in the first half, when he dazzled spectators by splitting the defense (with blazing speed) giving Mexico one of its best shots in the game. Yet, with all the times Aquino and co. were able to give El Tri an equalizer…the play was either snuffed out, and or no one was able to get a solid shot on goal.
The defeat is a tough one to take in, because the Spanish team only had a few momentums of brilliance, and both teams looked fairly equal. It is unfortunate that Mexico missed the mark on so many occasions. In the end, Mexico will have to scrap together and get ready for another friendly on Saturday (August 21st) against Japan.
So fans, what are your thoughts on the match? Do you like how Corona played? Would you rather have brought Guardado and kept Pulido for the offense? Let’s hear what you think…