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!