With a 2-1 victory in the Aztec stadium, the Mexican team started the Octagonal Final of CONCACAF, heading to Qatar World Cup 2022, thanks to the targets of Alexis Vega and Henry Martin, who were summoned due to the shortage of forwards, especially due to the absence of Raul Jimenez, who has not seen action with the team since November 2020.
On that occasion, the Wolverhampton Wanderers player of the Premier League, suffered a chilling injury, as he had a strong head clash with the Brazilian David Luiz of the Arsenal, after taking a corner kick in favor of the Wolves, which ended in a skull fracture that took him away from the playing fields for a long time, only returning last August.
Due to this, the attacker from Queretaro could no longer put on the Tricolor elastic when it had been an immovable piece of the Argentine’s starting eleven Gerardo Martino, unable to play friendly clashes, of the CONCACAF Nations League, gold Cup and the start of the CONCACAF knockout against the Reggae-Boyzs, in addition he will lose the two upcoming commitments before Costa Rica and Panama.
In total, there have been 15 commitments with the Aztec team that El Lobo de Tepeji has missed, being his last appearance against Japan on November 17, 2020, when they won 0-2 on Austrian soil, contributing a score in 64 minutes played. Being injured, he no longer played in the month of March 2021 in the 1-0 defeat against Welsh and the win 0-1 against Costa Rica, as well as in the 2-1 victory against Iceland in May.
His absence undoubtedly weighed on during the CONCACAF Nations League Final Four, because in the semifinal, held on June 4, everything was resolved from the eleven steps with Mexico advancing by a score of 5-4, but in the grand final against USA, stumbled 3-2 in overtime, suffering a severe setback in the final minutes with a controversial penalty.
Prior to gold Cup, the Mexican team played a series of friendlies, drawing a scoreless draw against Honduras, a 3-0 win over Panama and another landslide 4-0 victory over a Nigeria full of players who are active in the African country, since they saved their stars, thereby gaining confidence for the regional competition in the area.
Already in the gold Cup, is where it was most important not to have Jiménez, since Javier Hernández is banned, Hirving lozano was low after receiving a strong shock in the first match of the Group Phase and the rest of the attackers were in the Tokyo Olympics. Given all this, El Tata decided to summon the Argentine nationalized Mexican Rogelio Funes Mori, who started his adventure well, but could no longer be decisive to win the trophy.
In the Group Stage, Trinidad and Tobago took the 0-0, thrashed 0-3 to a Guatemala that she was invited at the last minute due to the loss of Curacao and it also surpassed by the minimum to The Savior, while in the quarterfinals he thrashed 3-0 to Honduras and in the semifinals he beat 2-1 to Canada to settle in the final, although unfortunately he fell again against the uncomfortable neighbor.
Despite all the inconveniences, El Tricolor settled in the grand final, however, it fell again in front of The Stars and Stripes, thanks to a solitary score in overtime, suffering the second consecutive defeat against the North Americans, who did not even call their European figures because the coach wanted to give them rest, something that caused much criticism to the national team.
For him Octagonal Final, Martino hoped to be able to count on the youth squad from America, as he has already returned to the fields, however, the Wolves did not want to put the integrity of their footballer at risk, since for the Premier League, Mexico appears on a red traffic light due to the issue of COVID-19, and although the complaint was put, the forward had to be replaced by Santiago GimenezSo there will be 17 games that Jiménez will add without defending the Tricolor.
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