This Wednesday the Mexican team won 0-2 against its similar The Savior at Cuscatlán Stadium, with goals from Hector Moreno and Raul Jimenez, in order to stay in the leadership of the CONCACAF Final Octagonal with 14 points.
Again the actions of the Tricolor left a bitter taste in the mouth, but for now it remains undefeated and close to getting the ticket to go to the Qatar World Cup 2022.
Here are the two successes and three errors of the Aztec team:
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Winning a visit in a difficult stadium
The most important thing to highlight was that the Aztec painting came out alive from one of the most difficult properties in the CONCACAF area, which has a very heavy environment due to the support of Salvadorans, and normally those at home grow too large, although not was the case for this duel.
During two of the past three CONCACAF qualifiers, The Selecta had taken all three points on their court, but now they were left with the desire and march in penultimate place in the classification, only above Honduras.
Added to that Mexico He came out with his head held high, remains undefeated, but still has tough visits on the schedule.
Rotating the eleven and swings
The Argentine coach Gerardo Martino He made changes in his starting eleven again to face the Cuscatlecos, something positive if one takes into account that he wants to grow the internal competition because he has several players at a good level and he needs to observe them all.
His bet was to start Osvaldo Rodriguez, Carlos Rodriguez, Luis Romo, Julio Domínguez, Orbelín Pineda and Alexis vega, among others, who provided a good match, of course having suddenly their performance slump like the rest of the footballers.
In the same way, Jesus Crown took the place of the injured Vega, which did not change the dynamics much, in addition to the additions of Luis Rodriguez, Jesus gallardo, Raul Jimenez and Hector Herrera, who met the objective of closing the result in favor and of course, taking care of the admonished Hirving lozano.
Give up possession in the complement
As has happened in the rest of the Octagonal Final, once Mexico takes the lead, there is a relaxation in the group or simply because it is order of the Tata, but they completely cede the initiative to the rival, this being a double-edged sword because there have been teams that put against the ropes like Canada.
The Savior He took a second wind and let himself be carried away by the warmth of the Aztecs to seek to do damage, to get closer and closer to the area, although fortunately they are far from the best football they have shown and they did not even disturb Guillermo Ochoa.
Once again a mark for Martino, who cannot do that, because he will not always have opponents with offensive deficiencies, he must learn and more because he has several pending away games.
There were too many cards
Normally you would have expected the locals to be the ones to see a lot of cards because historically they have hit a lot when it comes to facing the Tricolor, but on this occasion, the Aztecs were the ones who accumulated cards, a total of five, one red for a double yellow.
First was Chucky Lozano just at 27 ‘, nothing strange knowing the attacker’s temperament, then he came Araujo at 56 ‘for hitting a rival in the area and ten minutes later he left for a foolish thing, hitting with his forearm Alexander Larin; dark at 74 ‘for a dangerous game and Jimenez at 78 ‘for claiming.
Others more like Tecatito or blunt were also saved from being warned, so Martino You should talk with your pupils about the disciplinary issue, since it affects a lot, remembering that until now there have been two players suspended for accumulating cards in the Octagonal Final: Edson Alvarez and Cesar Montes.
Do not take advantage of the man of more, nor thrashing
The most reprehensible for Martino and his coaching staff was not taking advantage of the emotional moment that the rival suffered, because when Jacobo Segovia he was expelled, it was time to throw all the meat on the grill and be respected, especially if you are on a court that is historically difficult for you.
Instead, the lines were delayed, leaving the rival to live, something that caused annoyance in the fans and the specialists. To top it off, the moment of having an extra man was short-lived by the foolish expulsion of Araujo.
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