Mexico didn't manage to continue with the hegemony in the Confederation, since it was defeated this Sunday, June 6 by the United States in the Final of the Concacaf Nations League. And it's that 90 minutes were not enough for so much emotion, because both teams went to extra time to define a new champion.
With a dubious penalty reviewed through the VAR, the Mexican team could not hold the tie and lost the Cup at the hands of Christian Pulisic. The final score at the Sports Authority Field Denver Stadium was (3-2).
With sad faces and mixed feelings, the national teams went on to collect their medal as runners-up. The name of Andrés Guardado stood out on social networks, since the Atlas youth squad missed a penalty that could save Mexico and send the game to the extension.
The last minutes of the match were characterized by strong tackles, conflicts between players and peculiar behaviors of the Mexican fans.
USMNT vs Mexico: this was the final
The final began with great enthusiasm on the part of the tricolor side, as Mexico had just defeated Costa Rica through penalties and with a monumental save by Guillermo Ochoa. The current had been favoring the Aztecs, since with the help of Jesús Tecatito Corona they went up on the scoreboard just in minute 1.
Tecatito stole a ball from the left wing, he went little by little into the US area and when he was in front of the goalkeeper he decided to launch a whiplash that pierced the nets.
Some time later, at minute 27, Gio Reyna took advantage of a series of rebounds derived from a corner kick to beat Memo Ochoa and place the momentary tie (1-1). This was how the first half of the game ended.
The second half of the game began with some fouls, as the locals began to commit greater infractions and Kellyn Acosta took the yellow card after an infraction on a Mexican. Although the referee had already had a dialogue with the American players, in the end he ended up taking the preventive card.
After a series of emotions, Diego Lainez, colloquially baptized as El Factor, managed to score the second goal for Mexico and achieve momentary victory.
It was the 79th minute and the American youth squad, after receiving a pass from Andrés Guarded, dodged some North American defenses and launched a strong shot, pointed and placed.
When everything seemed that Mexico took the championship, another defensive error in the mark in a play from set pieces Weston McKennie tied the score with eight from the end. In overtime, the Panamanian referee John Pittí's show began, first he scored a dubious penalty in favor of the United States that Pulisic converted and then in the last play he decreed a penalty for Mexico that was missed.
In overtime, the Panamanian referee John Pittí's show began, first he scored a dubious penalty in favor of the United States that Pulisic converted and then in the last play he decreed a penalty for Mexico that was missed.
The final image of the match was taken by Gerardo Martino. The Argentine strategist was expelled for claiming when the central referee was going to review the VAR screens. The DT will have to pay the penalty in the Gold Cup in a few weeks with several doubts after this bad result.
USMNT vs Mexico: highlights