At full speed a new edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup, the most important national team tournament in the area and of course witness to multiple stamps that have made its fans vibrate during its more than 58 years of experience.
In this edition of Gold Stories, in 90min we remember one of the most iconic moments that runs through the blood of the Aztec fans when it comes to the rivalry against the United States. The day the North American nation felt the power of the Mexican comeback with a tremendous goal from Giovani dos santos.
The setting was the mythical Rose bowl of Pasadena, decked out with all the protocols of a definitive continental party, since that was the eleventh Gold Cup final in history and of course one more edition of the Concacaf Classic between Mexico and the United States.
Dates, venues, times and rivals of the United States in the 2021 Gold Cup group stage
Trinidad and Tobago beat French Guyana and became the third member of the Mexico Group for the 2021 Gold Cup alongside El Salvador and Curaçao.
After beating Nigeria in a friendly match, the Mexican team will be making their debut in the Gold Cup. Their rivals will be Curaçao, El Salvador and one more.
Next Saturday the Mexican team will be making their debut in the Gold Cup, although it will be known until Tuesday night if their rival is Trinidad and Tobago or Guyana.
After eliminating Panama and Honduras in the semifinals during two extremely close duels. the teams led by Bob bradley, on the North American side, and Jose Manuel de la Torre, in the Mexican sector, they jumped with the following alignments:
11 of Mexico vs USA in the 2011 Gold Cup final:
Efraín Juárez, Rafael Márquez, Héctor Moreno, Carlos Salcido;
Pablo Barrera, Israel Castro, Gerardo Torrado, Andrés Guardado;
Giovani dos Santos, Javier Hernández
11 of the USA vs Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final:
Steve Cherundolo, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Eric Lichaj;
Alejandro Bedoya, Michael Bradley, Jermain Jones;
Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey, Freddy Adu
Before going to the peak of the match, sealed and patented by Enrique Bermudez with the popular narration of “Sign it Gio, sign it, sign it, sign it …“It is essential to know the context that preceded that spectacular annotation.
The United States team was 2-0 up on the scoreboard after just 25 minutes, so the scene for the Aztec legion that was in the building looked bleak.
Michael Bradley at minute 8 with a deadly header and Landon donovan at 23 ‘after a good collective move, they portrayed the’ Chepo ‘team and caused a brutal adjustment of the screws in attitude and of course in the soccer of the Mexican team.
Fortunately for the interests of Mexico, the reaction was immediate and they confirmed the great game that was being experienced that sunny afternoon in California, as a Pablo Barrera inspired drilled the goal of Tim howard in the 28th minute with a rifle shot from a counterattack.
Giovani dos santos gave a taste of what was to come and at 36 ‘gave a golden assistance to Andrew Saved to equalize the score and go to midfield with the highest spirits, as they corrected the errors, defeated the United States and headed to what would later be a glorious night.
As the second half begins, Pablo Barrera He made a low shot with a jump rope included to turn the score around and score his double just in minute 50 ‘, so he left the table set for the jewel in the crown: the great goal of Giovani dos Santos.
It happened at minute 76, with the US team turned to the front in search of a draw, but with enough strength from Mexico to finalize the victory. Giovani dos santos received an exalted filtered pass from Gerardo Torrado and as if it were a bullfighter, he dragged the American goalkeeper across the area.
As if that were not enough, near the edge of the area, with the goalkeeper almost at his feet and a sea of defenders covering the rival frame, ‘Gio’ made a pumped shot, drawing a perfect parabola that would have made any geometrical jealous and embedded the ball in the upper right-hand corner, drawing the iconic ire of Tim howard with the grass.
Nor the jump of Eric Lichaj With his 1.80 height he was able to stop that precise shot, so that all the Rose bowl from Pasadena exploded in jubilation along with all the narratives inside the stadium. Giovani had just scored the goal of his career in a continental final, to seal a title with the Mexican national team and pass over the United States.
That annotation of Giovani dos santos wrote an authentic History of Gold in all the years of the competition, because in addition to being one of the most emblematic entries in any final, it was adorned for being a Regional Classic and culminated a period comeback.
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