Mexico 4, Finland 2: Something to build on…

Rafa’s header gave Mexico an early lead (Gregory Bull AP)

 

Last night, Mexico faced Finland in a warm up exhibition, in order to prepare for their two-legged playoff with New Zealand. It was pivotal for El Tri to get a positive result, because there are only two weeks left until New Zealand comes to Azteca.

Mexico started the game with a lot of possession, but shots were minimal. There were a few minutes where Mexico was pushing forward, but creativity was lacking. Finland gave a foul in the11th minute and Mexico took advantage. Rafael Marquez broke free on a free kick and headed in the first goal.

Mexico’s rhythm began to pick up, and in the 26th minute, Gullit Peña got an assist from Peralta and scored a beauty to put Mexico up by two. However, an error on the defensive end allowed Finland to score to go in by halftime, 2-1.

The second half began quickly for Tri, as Peralta scored just minutes after the kickoff. A long range deflection made the score 3-1. Yet, again, Mexico had a lapse on defense and Finland once again looked to fight back with a goal to narrow the lead.

Although there were some mistakes, Mexico really never lost control of the game. Substitute, Escoboza, was able to put the game to bed with a goal. Mexico would wrap the game up with a two goal victory the night before Halloween.

Miguel Herrera will look to regroup the troops and take on New Zealand in a crucial World Cup Playoff match in Azteca. The first game will be on November 13th, and the second leg on November 20th in New Zealand.

Happy Halloween and Vamos México!

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One thought on “Mexico 4, Finland 2: Something to build on…”

  1. I feel like Mexico needs to play a big team. Like Netherlands or Argentina, all they need is their confidence up. USA was going through the same thing up until they beat Germany 4-3. Granted it was a weaker German team but its still Germany. And the confidence has took USA a long way.

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