SAN ANTONIO — Mexico finished top rated of Group C in the Gold Cup many thanks to its 2- victory in excess of Curacao in front of 44,232 in the Alamodome in San Antonio. Angel Sepulveda opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, with Edson Alvarez wrapping up the scoring in second-50 % harm time.
The get sets up a quarterfinal from Honduras on Thursday in Phoenix. Below are three can take from the match:
1. Corona stars in purpose for El Tri
The fact Mexico goalkeeper Jesus Corona was the male of the match tells the story of a sport El Tri arrived all far too near to allowing slip.
Mexico took the guide early when Sepulveda headed in at the back again article from a cross swung in by Raul Lopez. From there, the result should’ve been a mere formality from a side now out of the Gold Cup. But Mexico was reliant on a string of excellent saves from Cruz Azul’s 36-12 months-previous keeper to continue to keep it in the guide.
The greatest prospect early on arrived from Curacao’s Gino Van Kessel, who must’ve thought he’d scored when he sent a proper-footed shot towards the bottom corner of the purpose, but Corona managed to respond swiftly and flicked the ball all over the article with his proper hand.
From there in the initial 50 %, it was a familiar story, with Mexico controlling possession and Curacao not hunting specifically perilous. At halftime, the sensation was that El Tri would pull absent from Curacao and even notch a couple goals.
In its place, it was Curacao with the far better options, with Corona pulling off the form of conserve in the 56th minute that is up there with the flashy shot-halting for which his Mexico rival Guillermo Ochoa is famous. Jarchinio Antonia strike the bar proper soon after in a interval in which Mexico was on the ropes.
Mexico’s inexperience shone as a result of from a group with small to get rid of, and Osorio should really be anxious about El Tri‘s incapacity to manage a sport from an opposition that may well have been the second-best in Group C in terms of FIFA rankings but is much from a genuine power.
Mexico scraped the outcome in the conclusion, and Alvarez created the score line look far better than it deserved to be with a late second for El Tri, but there are concerns defensively with the way teams this sort of as El Salvador and Curacao have sliced the side open up and developed so several great options.
Thankfully for El Tri on Sunday, the side experienced an in-variety Corona to back again it up, but Mexico will have to strengthen if it is to get the Gold Cup.
2. Gutierrez the captain, but Lopez the decide on of incomers
Midfielder Erick Gutierrez stepped out for only his seventh cap on Sunday and did so at the front of the group with the captain’s armband on. The 22-12 months-previous regularly captains club side Pachuca, but this was a concept of help from Osorio towards a left-footed midfielder several thought would have much more Mexico caps at this point in his occupation.
But it was his Pachuca teammate Lopez who was capable to bolster his odds of much more typical playing time. Enjoying as a proper winger, previous Chivas participant Lopez added a various dimension to Mexico’s engage in. Lopez isn’t really the quickest in excess of quick distances, but he will not need to have a great deal area to whip perilous crosses in. Osorio experienced complained that from Jamaica, Mexico desired much more incision in the remaining third, and Lopez’s crossing supplied a various outlet when the intricate passing was not proving fruitful.
Sepulveda’s purpose highlighted what Lopez can bring really plainly. And on a night in which Cesar Montes and Martin Barragan were unconvincing in their initial starts for El Tri and proper-back again Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez couldn’t glow, it was Lopez and his crossing that stood out.
Osorio has absolutely created complete use of his squad so much, with 21 of the 23 players showcasing so much in the Gold Cup.
3. Honduras future up for El Tri
“La H” will pose Mexico’s sternest exam nonetheless. The Central American group may well not have clicked into gear so much this Gold Cup, and has not even scored a purpose, but Jorge Luis Pinto and fellow Colombian Osorio are archrivals, pitting two really various footballing philosophies.
Curacao arrived out to engage in much more than envisioned from Mexico and exposed its weak defense. On the flip side, El Tri experienced much more area to run in in contrast to the – attract previous Thursday from Jamaica. Discovering options was not anyplace around as hard as it was from the Reggae Boyz.
The shrewd Pinto — who guided Costa Rica to the quarterfinals at the 2014 Planet Cup — will have viewed Mexico’s games at this Gold Cup really intently, and you can assurance he’ll now be formulating a system. It will be a case of Honduras halting El Tri by playing as a great deal as probable, retracting into its very own 50 %, not giving Mexico area or time on the ball and employing tactical fouls when needed.
Mexico was caught quick from a Jamaica side that did something similar, and Osorio will need to have to come across an solution with a squad that has shown some positives but has not persuaded so much this Gold Cup.
Tom Marshall addresses Liga MX and the Mexican national group for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.