The Mexican National Team, led by Argentine Gerardo Martino, won a 2-0 away battle against El Salvador on Wednesday in the Concacaf Octagonal Final heading to Qatar 2022, where there was a loose refereeing and little game by the locals, who committed harsh fouls during the 90 minutes.
Gerardo Martino, Mexico’s technical director, watches the match against El Salvador. EFE / Rodrigo Sura
“Today we were stronger and more reliable. We have known how to play both home and away and we have to keep working to score more points and qualify, “said the Argentine coach at the post-match press conference.
The refereeing gave a lot to talk about during the day at the Cuscatlán Stadium. Drew Fischer of Canada, did not have his best night, since, in the first half He forgave Isaac Portillo and did not get a red card after he gave Luis Romero a terrible iron.
Likewise, he sent off two players, one from each team. On the local side, Mario Jacobo saw the red after pulling Rogelio Funes Mori to cut the play close to the area. As for El Tri, it was Néstor Araujo who left the field after an innocent foul by the band, so the Canadian got his second yellow.
“It seems to me that we confused the paths a bit after the expulsion of the soccer player from El Salvador, that playing with one less we got into a bit of confusion, making unnecessary fouls and when they threw Nestor out, the game was equalized, in the same way We controlled it well, they did not generate goal options for us and we began to accommodate ourselves, to go well into space and we ended up winning fairly“Martino confessed.
On the other hand, the coach did not want to stop being very happy because Raúl Jimenez scored a goal again after a year, which was very difficult for the player. “Having Raúl Jimenez with us and seeing him play every ball is good, we are happy that he scored today“he commented.
In addition, he congratulated his forwards and added: “For us it is important that the forwards are effective in the goal. Raúl Jiménez, Hirving Lozano, Jesús Tecatito, Rogelio Funes Muri and Henry Martin have already scored “.
The Tricolor achieved a great victory in Cuscatlán and secured the first place in the qualifying table. The first goal came from the hand of the central defender, Hector Moreno, who after a corner kick he headed the ball to the far post, impossible for the goalkeeper who, although he stretched, could do nothing.
Héctor Moreno celebrates the goal scored against El Salvador, during his octagonal game for the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers. EFE / Rodrigo Sura
England’s Wolverhampton forward, Raúl Jiménez, extended the score after 93 minutes of penalty, because he was knocked down inside the area by a Salvadoran defender. Without hesitation, Jiménez stopped to kick from eleven steps, his specialty, and scored a goal. It is worth noting that the striker’s last goal with the tricolor shirt had been in November 2020 in a friendly match against Japan where Mexico beat him 2-0.
THE SPICY MESSAGE OF THE FANS OF EL SALVADOR
In the run-up to the match, the fans of El Salvador wanted to spice up the game with a poster with a very particular phrase that ended up playing against them, because they couldn’t even score a goal. ” We are not going to the World Cup, but we beat Mexico ”, the poster said.
Salvadoran fans present at the Cuscatlán Stadium in San Salvador for the octagonal game for the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers. EFE / Rodrigo Sura