In Mexico, there have been numerous amounts of games played by Los Aztecas, some crucial victories, devastating defeats, and hard-fought games. The Mexican National Team has showcased, more importantly, excellent performances.
Here we recall, perhaps the complete performances by el Tri in this decade. We are featuring games from 2010, 2018 editions of the FIFA World Cup, and the 2011 edition of the Gold Cup. If you haven’t guess what games they are, don’t worry, continue reading.
El Tri, when it comes to essential games, they’re always looking for the win and performing well in front of their fans. Some notable mentions to such outstanding performances include the 2014 FIFA World Cup win against Croatia that saw El Tri overcome the Croatians 3-1. The 2016 Copa America Centenario against Uruguay where they beat the Charruas 3-1 to start the tournament on the right foot. Lastly, the 2015 Gold Cup Final in Jamaica where again, El Tri won by a 3-1 goal margin.
3.) Spicy Sause for Les Bleus
El Tri faced France for an epic showdown, grouped with the 2010 FIFA World Cup Hosts, South Africa, Mexico also faced Uruguay. In the Peter Mokaba Stadium, South Africa, Mexico showed France how to get the job done in the world’s biggest stage. France, coming from a devastating loss in the 2006 World Cup against Italy, they were looking for retaliation.
The game against El Tri lead by Javier Aguirre would perform marvelously against France. A tough match indeed for Los Aztecas as they were scoreless until the 64th minute. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez coming off the bench received a high pass over the defensive line from Rafael Marquez, who set up Chicharito nicely in a 1v1 opportunity against Hugo Lloris to break the scoreless draw. With ten minutes left into the match, after a silly foul from Eric Abidal on Pablo Barrera, France was punished with a penalty kick that Cuauhtémoc Blanco shot nicely on the right corner to extend Mexico’s lead over Les Bleus.
This match proved to be one of the most dominant performances by El Tri, managing to shut down a well-composed team, and on their excellent style of play managing to stun France in this stage.
2.) Stunning the Champions
When it comes to World Cup games, El Tri always seems to get a boost in morale, mainly because their fans still appear to fill up any stadium. This match was no different in Moscow, Russia, where El Tri faced off against the 2014 World Cup Champions, Germany. Mexico was filled with speculation given the opponent that they might loose easily against the German Champs.
Los Aztecas again would showcase one of the biggest stunners in World Cup matches. A few touches would see Chicharito took the ball and pass it to Hirving “El Chucky” Lozano, who would easily cut back against Mesut Ozil and shot a powerful shot past Neuer to score the only goal in the game. Lozano’s goal boosted Mexico’s playing morale, a difficult match was in their hands, but they comfortably handled the German powerhouse. Germany, later on, was eliminated from the Group Stage of the 2018 edition of the World Cup.
In front of 78 thousand fans and millions more watching worldwide, El Tri performed amazingly to pull one of the biggest upsets.
1.) Mexico’s Gold Cup Turnaround
Perhaps, one of the most amazing comebacks in Mexico’s history was in the Rose Bowl in front of Ninety-three thousand fans where they faced off against frontier rivals, the United States National Team.
After 23 minutes of playing time, the US quickly found themselves two goals ahead, and everything seemed like it would be in their favor. Still, with 70 minutes left in the game, Mexico sought out composure and kept their head in the game. Pablo Barrera managed to pull one back to be closer to the scoreline. Andres Guardado, minutes after Barrera’s goal, he too would score to level the game. Once the second half started, Barrera again would score to increase El Tri’s lead with plenty of time left in the clock.
Now, the most fantastic goal anyone has seen was none other than Giovani Dos Santos’ play against the US defense. Gerardo Torrado‘s through ball to Dos Santos perfectly set him up against Tim Howard by dribbling inside the box and chipping the ball into the top-left corner over Eric Lichaj. That goal was also named the best goal of the tournament.
After Dos Santos’ goal, Mexico won the game 4-2 and sealed a perfect comeback to claim the Gold Cup against their border rivals. This game was one of the most amazing performances that El Tri has done.
El Tri has played numerous performances in this decade, whether they were official matches or a friendly match, to you, which has been their most fantastic performance?