2013 has been a nightmare for Mexico.
Coming into this game against Ivory Coast, Mexico had a ton of question marks. But as the whistle blew to start the game, Mexico came out with a better confidence. Granted just minutes into the game, Mexico got a goal via own goal by Ivory Coast, it nevertheless helped start up the energy.
Mexico didn’t do anything out of the ordinary, but on Wednesday night, you saw players just sticking to their game. Peralta, Giovani, and Reyna lead the offense throughout the match. Gio was on point for the majority of the match, and you can tell he flourished by himself on the right side.
The second goal came from Oribe Peralta in the 28th minute, and it looked like the chemistry was flowing for El Tri.
It should be noted that Chaco, the big name in this match played decent. He wasn’t extraordinary, but he did his job. It may have been a cleaner match had Torrado had not started, because as usual, Torrado was Mexico’s weakest link.
Right before the half, Gio made a decisive run down the right side and crossed it to Peralta for a 3-0 halftime lead.
The second half was more downplayed, but the energy was still there. In the 60th minute, Ivory Coast was awarded a penalty from a handball by Torrado in the box.
Mexico did their job to finish off the game, and to really top it off, Reyes made a run with the offense and assisted to Reyna for the fourth goal in the 90th minute.
The win is a definite confidence boost, and Chepo will have a lot to think about moving forward. Mexico’s next two matches are as big as they get. On September 6th it’s Mexico v Honduras (Mexico City), followed by USA v Mexico four days later (Columbus, Ohio).