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Mexico’s collapse against Colombia leaves a sour taste for Martino’s side ahead of World Cup

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SANTA CLARA, California. Colombia scored three goals in the second half to beat Mexico 3-2 heading to the World Cup in an exhibition match on Tuesday night.

Supported by a pro-Mexican crowd of 67,311 at Levy Stadium. Trat first I made an instant impression by scoring a goal from Alexis Vega penalty in the 6th minute. Mexico continued to put pressure, and Vega created a fast and smart game for Gerardo Arteagawho scored 2–0 against Mexico by the 29th minute.

Immediately after the break, the South Americans, who did not qualify for the World Cup, equalized on goals with Luis Sinisterra at the 49th and 52nd minute. Then, in the 68th, Wilmar Barrios knocked on great goal to give Colombia the winner of the game.

After a previous 1-0 win over Peru last Saturday, Mexico, which lost several star players to injury, ended this round of World Cup preparations on a sour note. They will have two friendlies in November – against Iraq and Sweden – before their first Group C match against Poland on November 22 in Qatar.

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Fast reaction

one. Terrible night for Mexico and Martino on and off the pitch

Just minutes after the break, Mexico’s manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino and his team lost to the Colombians.

Confidence was high with a 2–0 lead after the break, but inexperienced Mexico defenders Gerardo Arteaga (despite his goal in the first half) and Kevin Alvarez left space on the flanks and were exposed by the Colombian attackers who saw Luis Sinisterra earn a double. within three minutes.

Martino’s changes didn’t seem to have much effect, as he picked inopportune moments to replace players. Colombia scored a third goal without problems thanks to Wilmar Barrios and came back in the decisive zones, upsetting Mexico as the match came close to a 3–2 result. Tactically overplayed, it was one of Martino’s darkest endings of the game.

Off the field for Mexico, things were even worse. While fights broke out in the stands, anti-gay goalkeeper yells were heard loudly at least three times at the end of the second half, which at one point led to the game being suspended due to refereeing.

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2. A Tale of Two Halves for Mexico

There has been a lot of good and bad in Mexico. Let’s start with the good. In the early stages of the game ThreeThe front line was dynamic with Alexis Vega and Uriel Antuna leads with fast passes in the last third. Next to them upstairs, striker Henry Martin worked flawlessly at the forefront.

For the first time in months, it was really fun to watch them move the ball smoothly and creatively in the final third. In midfield, Mexico also held on tight and deflected a number of counterattacks and crosses that Colombia tried to land on them.

And then the second half began.

Pouncing on ThreeColombia’s inexperienced full-backs chased space down the flanks and quickly overcame the Mexican defense. Alvarez and Arteaga looked lost as they chased after balls without the help of centre-backs. Hector Moreno as well as Nestor Araujo.

As mentioned earlier, Martino’s changes were questionable and ineffective, almost seeming to throw the kitchen sink on the pitch instead of creating a more cohesive game plan. Chaos reigned on the field, the Mexico team desperately wanted to score but didn’t have the lines to connect or enough morale to get the job done.

3. Future for Colombia

Even though Colombia may not be going to the World Cup, Nestor Lorenzo’s starting lineup had a lot of playing experience, including key veterans. Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, John Squareas well as David Ospina.

But undoubtedly the unexpected hero of the evening was Luis Sinisterra, who took seven minutes to score twice after coming on at half-time. The 23-year-old Leeds United striker provoked a comeback with a powerful header, followed by a shot that successfully bounced off the defender and went wide. William Ochoa.

Lorenzo has worked as an assistant at three World Cups – in 2006 in Argentina and in 2014 and 2018 in Colombia – and was hired in June to put Colombia back in contention for a spot at the 2026 World Cup. With young talents like Sinisterra and Luis Diaz on the rise, it already seems to be ahead of schedule.


Player Ratings

Mexico: William Ochoa 5, Kevin Alvarez 4, Nestor Araujo 4, Hector Moreno 5, Gerardo Arteaga 5, Eric Gutiérrez 6, Andres Saved 5, Carlos Rodriguez 6, Alexis Vega 8, Henry Martin 7, Uriel Antuna 7.

Subscriptions: Eric Sanchez 6, Santiago Jimenez 6, Louis Chavez 7, Cesar Montes 6, Diego Lines 7, Orbelin Pineda 6.

Colombia: David Ospina 5, Stefan Medina 6, Davinson-Sanchez 6, Carlos Cuesta 7, Frank Fabra 6, Wilmar Barrios 8, Stephen Get Up 6, James Rodriguez 6, Juan Cuadrado 8, Luis Diaz 7, Radamel Falcao 6.

Subscriptions: Rafael Borre 7, Jorge Carrascal 7, Luis Sinisterra 9, John Lukumi 6, Jefferson Lerma 6, John Duran 6.


Best and Worst Performers

BEST: Luis Sinisterra, Colombia

It would seem that out of nowhere, the 23-year-old football player was behind the gate twice within four minutes. Future star of Columbia and Leeds United.

WORST: Kevin Alvarez, Mexico.

It would be unfair to criticize a promising 23-year-old who had to deal with a world-class attacking player like Juan Cuadrado, but Alvarez was certainly the weak link. He has great potential, but the initial role may not be suitable for him yet.


Highlights and Notable Moments

There were some great goals scored tonight, but the icing on the cake was Barrios with his incredible effort from outside the box.


After the match:

Mexico captain Andres Guardado in an interview with TUDN after the defeat: “It’s better that this happens to us now, we are learning … It will serve as a lesson for us before the World Cup so that we can arrive better prepared.”

Mexico coach Gerardo Martino on Colombia’s talent: “There are moments in a match when the hierarchy and quality of the opponent’s players appear on the field. It is at such moments that we must learn to endure and be able to bring things to the end.


Basic statistics (provided by Sportzshala Stats & Information)

– A notable achievement for Mexico captain Andrés Guardado, whose 177 caps tie him with Claudio Suárez the most in history. Three Jersey.

– History repeated itself on Tuesday. The last time Mexico lost a game they were leading by two goals was on January 31, 2001… it was a 3-2 loss to Colombia.

– Nestor Lorenzo is doing well. Colombia have won five matches in a row for the first time since 2019.


Next

Mexico: Two friendly matches in the Spanish city of Girona are scheduled for November, against Iraq on November 9 and Sweden on November 16. Then comes the big show: World Cup group stage match against Poland (November 22), Saudi Arabia (November 2018). 26) and Argentina (November 30).

Colombia: There are no upcoming matches scheduled.



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