The Mexican team and the United States met in the grand final of the 2021 Gold Cup. In a match widely dominated by Tricolor, although they could not resolve in the 90 minutes and the game went into overtime. Due to lack of force, the final score was 1-0 in favor of the country of the stars and stripes, which consolidated itself as champion of the golden competition. Here we introduce you how was the performance of each of the Aztec soccer players.
The goalkeeper from La Barca, Jalisco, Alfredo Talavera, lived a relatively quiet night, after in the first half there were few clear goals that were presented to the players of the country of the stars and stripes. At minute 73 ‘he put on the hero cape to save a ball on the line, taking the palms and the ovation from the fans. However, at minute 117 ‘it did not come out in a play and this was used by the United States to put the defining 1-0.
He took advantage of his speed to go to the front and send services, however, some of his centers were short or too long. He insisted on the right side to create plays.
It was seen solid in the lower part of the field. In the first minutes he was very active when stealing balls and playing. At minute 25 ‘, he became confident and a ball was stolen inside the area, which, fortunately, the American striker sent his shot to the post. Before the end of the first half, he fired a right-footed shot that came close to sneaking into Turner’s door.
A real wall in the defensive zone. On several occasions he was seen on the grass sweeping to recover the sphericals cleanly. He was confident and pressed for moments, which caused him to give the ball away to the rival. Before finishing the first half, he was injured.
He was the starter taking the place of Carlos Salcedo after that disastrous night against the Canadian team. He pressed and jumped lines to go to the front and confuse the rival. However, he was also late to fouls and at times he was outmatched in hand-to-hand matches. He lost balls in the defensive zone.
Gallardo made good ball receptions. He got rid of rivals and sent low services inside the area. Making good oriented ball controls and did not tire of making diagonals towards the area. He did not tire of running and walked most of the field.
Sober in the encounter. Jonathan Dos Santos lived a night with few reflectors. He touched the ball a few times and did not finish weighing in the match. Still, he did things well every time it was needed. He left the exchange to give entry to Erick Gutiérrez.
With great individual technique. Without a doubt, he is the best soccer player that Mexico has today. Adding in each of the plays. Whether with his leadership, making plays or shooting from the outskirts of the area, in one way or another, the ‘HH’ made itself felt on the field. He was painted yellow for a reckless move.
One of the most prominent in the first minutes of the game. Most of the balls passed through his feet for distribution. He took the palms from the respectable for making showy plays. At minute 50 ‘one of the clearest was left to him, when a rival was removed from above and taking a sock. It came out of change.
The ‘Tecatito’ repeatedly sent dangerous services to the area. He was seen sacrificing himself to return to midfield and steal balls; although he was also imprecise when it came to serving his companions. He was encouraged to make fancy plays. As the minutes went by, it faded due to fatigue and left the exchange for the first overtime.
Just 10 minutes into the game, he caught the ball with an accurate header that was deflected by goalkeeper Turner. He showed good individual level and made self-passing plays fabricating plays to cause danger. However, for moments he was nervous and ended up deciding badly in the plays up front. He left for the start of the second overtime.
Carlos Salcedo (3): He entered the exchange to give rest to the injured Héctor Moreno. He did the toppings wrong. Not to vary, for moments he was confused and gave away balls. Asleep in the match and making it clear that this was his last game with Mexico, he must never again defend the cause of the Tricolor. He left the exchange injured.
Rodolfo Pizarro (5): He entered the exchange to replace Orbelín Pineda. From the first ball he touched, he created danger by shooting inside the area. In one action they beat him in hand-to-hand within the area. He sent passes that were too long and rushed into the action.
Erick Gutierrez (4): He gave Jonathan Dos Santos rest in an already common movement for the ‘Tata’. He did the covers well to keep the ball. It was lost as the minutes passed.
Osvaldo Rodríguez (4): He entered the first overtime to seat Jesús Corona. He made the ball catches and covers correctly.
Alan Pulido (5): He entered the second overtime to rest Rogelio Funes Mori. He never gave up a lost ball and went head-to-head with everything. Did the tours well.
Gilberto Sepulveda (n / a): He came in to replace the injured Carlos Salcedo. Few opportunities presented themselves.