Mexico delays the ticket to Qatar until the last date


The celebrations at the Angel of Independence under the chant of “We’re going to the World Cup, we’re going to the World Cup“They will have to wait at least three more days, since Mexico could not make your direct ticket to Qatar 2022 on the penultimate day of the Octagonal Final of Concacafwhich was played on Sunday.

Although the Tri managed to beat Honduras as a visitor with a solitary goal by Edson Álvarez at minute 70, the combination of results in the region only allowed him to secure at least the fight for the intercontinental playoff against Oceaniabut the direct ticket, until the close of the penultimate day, only has Canada.

Mexico reached 25 points and remains in third place in the Octagonal, because although the United States has the same number of units, it has almost double in terms of goal difference with +13 for a +7 of the Tri. The difference was extended after the defeat of the Americans over Panama by 5-1 on Sunday, which in passing left the Central Americans eliminated from any aspiration to qatar.

The panorama towards the last date is as follows: Canada he already qualified directly by being the leader of the Octagonal with 28 points after his victory against Jamaica (4-0); They are followed by the United States and Mexico with 25 and the aforementioned goal difference; fourth place and still aspiring for a ticket is Costa Rica, which beat El Salvador 1-2 as a visitor and got 22 points.

If Costa Rica wins the United States at home on Wednesday by four goals and Mexico falls at the Azteca stadium against El Salvador by the slightest difference, the Ticos would be the ones who would obtain direct qualification against Qatar and Mexico would have to play the intercontinental playoff against the champion of Oceania in June. However, a draw against the Salvadorans is enough for El Tri to secure a non-stop ticket in the playoffs.

Mexico has complicated its ticket unlike four years ago, heading to Russia 2018. On that occasion, under the technical direction of Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, El Tri secured its ticket to the World Cup with three games still to play in the Hexagonal Final, of the which even ended up leading with five cushion points over the second place, which was Costa Rica.

On the contrary, the process qatar has been tinged with uncertainty. In the last 360 minutes of the Octagonal, Mexico he has only been able to score two goals: a penalty from Raúl Jiménez and a header from a corner kick by Edson Álvarez. The good news for El Tri is that in those minutes they have not conceded a goal either, for which they have guaranteed eight points that have helped them not to leave the top 3 of the tie.

However, that offensive pothole puts Mexico far from the performance of Canada and the United States, since they have 23 and 21 goals in favor, with four and five obtained in their last game, respectively. In contrast, the set of Gerardo Martino It only has 15, even one less than the recently eliminated Panama team.

“The ultimate goal is for Mexico to be among the three teams that go to the World Cup. If it is on date 13 or 12, the goal is that. God will tell if we qualify on this date or the next”, Jorge Theiler, Gerardo Martino’s assistant, had said prior to the match against Honduras, where Mexico only won its second qualifying victory so far in the 21st century (plus four losses and a tie).

Against the Honduran team, Mexico revalidated its condition of having to win (Honduras was already eliminated and played without an audience in the stands of its stadium, in San Pedro Sula) with a possession of 68%, however, that was no guarantee of exploiting to the opposite frame, because of his 17 shots only two went towards the Central American goal. Martino’s luxury trident, made up of Raúl Jiménez, Hirving Lozano and Jesús Manuel Corona, ended up on the bench and with no clear scoring options.

Despite this instability, Mexico would clinch its eighth consecutive participation in a World Cup just by maintaining a draw against El Salvador on Wednesday, a team that has not won three games in the Octagonal and, in fact, only has two wins in 13 matches.

For said appointment in the colossus of Santa Úrsula, Mexico He will not have the Atlético de Madrid midfielder, Héctor Herrera, due to the accumulation of yellow cards, after being reprimanded during the visit to Honduras. Out of it and without injuries, Gerardo Martino It has a complete squad to achieve the long-awaited ticket at home and before the Mexican public, which is upset by the two recent goalless draws against Costa Rica and the United States.

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