The Mexican team fell dramatically in the grand final of the Gold Cup against their counterpart in the United States by the slightest difference. After having widely dominated the first 45 minutes of the game, El Tri failed to open the lock that put the country of the stars and stripes, which in the second overtime took advantage of a set piece to score the solo goal of the night and thus be the champions of the golden competition. Here we introduce you the 4 mistakes and the only success of those directed by the ‘Tata’ Martino.
The inattentions in the defensive zone
One of the main errors that were seen in the Mexican team was the neglect in the lower part of the field. The Achilles heel of the Tricolor throughout the Gold Cup was the defensive zone. Specifically, the centrals were inattentive and gave away balls, which were nowhere near being converted by the US team. This will be the thorn that coach Gerardo Martino will have to correct towards the qualifying rounds for the World Cup.
Give away balls
Another of the errors that was very marked in the game was giving away balls to the rival. At every moment, whether from the upper, lower or middle part, the players ended up delivering the ball to the United States. This was more a sign of overconfidence for wanting to go out playing with touches, which were not quite accurate. Too imprecise in the game of the Tricolor.
The poor performance of Carlos Salcedo
Once again, and not to change, Carlos Salcedo was once again one more element on the field of play. To bad luck, he entered the exchange due to the injury in the first half of Héctor Moreno. There the alarms went off due to his bad game against Canada. After a few minutes, he began to miss clear passes and the rival stole the round, causing dangerous plays against him and that did not pass to greater. Hopefully this was the last game he played with Mexico. You must never be in El Tri again!
Alfredo Talavera did not go out in the free kick
From hero to villain. After having had a game in the ninety minutes in an outstanding way, in the most important action, from set pieces, almost at the end of the second overtime, he does not go out in the free kick and ends up being an accurate header by the American player, thus sealing the score of 1-0. An error ended up sentencing the game.
Make good use of both bands
Compared to other parties where when going on the attack they opted only for the center, in this commitment it was different. The Aztec team decided to go down the wings taking advantage of the speed of Jesús Gallardo and Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodríguez, who did not tire of going up and down sending services inside the area. The Americans did not see where the national attacks were coming from, and they were lucky, because it was a scoring match. This was the only redeemable for Mexico in the meeting.