Mexico continued with their perfect record in World Cup qualifying with a 5-0 win against Guyana in Houston, Texas on Friday night.
The game had been originally been scheduled to take place in Guyana, but the federations agreed to switch it to the United States. Guyana had no opportunities to qualify to the hexagonal, and Mexico secured their place in the next phase during previous dates.
Although quiet in the first half, goals continuously rolled in to the back of the net in the last 15 minutes of the game.
Mexico: Jonathan Orozco, Francisco Rodríguez; Gerardo Torrado (Jorge Enríquez, 39’); Sinha (Angel Reyna, 73’); Javier Aquino; Javier Hernández; Héctor Moreno; Israel Jiménez (Elías Hernández, 58’); Andrés Guardado; Oribe Peralta; Jorge Torres Nilo
Guyana: Derrick Carter;Nicholas Millington (Anthony Abrams, 73’); Jamal Smith; Walter Moore; Ricky Shakes; Dwain Jacobs; Christopher Nurse; Gregory Richardson; Charles Pollard; Shawn Beveney (Kester Jacobs, 66’); Trayon Bobb
Mexico looked to get on the score sheet early in the match when ‘El Tri’ was awarded a penalty as ‘Chicharito’ was brought down in the box.
In the fourth minute ‘Chicharito’ stepped up to take the shot but hit the post and kept the score even in the first minutes of the game.
Hernandez’s miss seemed to follow him for the rest of the game.
Javier Aquino had the next opportunity in the ninth minute. He ran down the length of the left side of the field and flicked over the Guyana goalkeeper, but the ball hit the post.
The goals began to fall in the 77th minute with the first one scored by Andres Guardado. The Valencia man took a left footed shot from outside the box and with a slight deflection got Mexico on the scoresheet.
Two minutes later Oribe Peralta added the second goal with a pass from Hernandez. Hernandez set up the ball and Peralta simply had to push it in two an empty goal.
After several missed opportunities, it seemed like Hernandez had finally gotten his name on the score sheet in the 83rd minute. He shook off several defenders in the box, but it was Pollard who sent the ball in to the back of his own net for Mexico’s 3-0 lead.
A minute later it was finally ‘Chicharito’s’ opportunity. Guardado sent in a pass and ‘Chicharito’ headed the ball to the back of the net for the 4-0 in the the 84th minute.
Angel Reyna added the last goal for Mexico in the 86th minute with a blast from outside the box for the 5-0.
Although the scoreline was along the lines that was expected, it took the Mexican team a while to get the ball rolling. This game didn’t mean anything, but one thing that is worrying is that ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez had trouble converting the opportunities that he had during the game.
Gerardo Torrado and Sinha were given a start, but Torrado left the game early due to a muscular problem and it’s unlikely that the two will feature in the hexagonal.
Mexico’s final game in the group stage will be against El Salvador on Tuesday, October 16 in Torreon, Mexico. El Salvador has an opportunity to move on to the second round and will give Mexico a difficult time even though it will be meaningless game in terms of points for the Mexican side.