Chivas de Guadalajara midfielder Fernando Beltrán had a remarkable performance on Saturday night with the Mexican national team in the 2-1 victory over Nigeria in an international friendly match held at the AT&T Stadium in the Texan city of Arlington, creating a doubt in the mind of Argentine Gerardo Martino, who did not have him in his mind for the call-up to the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Will he finally convince him to take him?
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El Tri's main squad remained in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday, where they set up their training bunker for the first of three preparation matches ahead of the CONCACAF Nations League Serie A doubleheader in mid-June, as well as Qatar 2022.
The Mexican delegation will travel to the desertic city of Phoenix (Arizona) at the beginning of the week, where they will face the Uruguayan national team, to continue a tour that will be completed in Chicago, next Sunday against Ecuador.
Why is Beltrán making Martino think?
El Nene played for 65 minutes at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, where the Rojiblanco youth player tried to impose his conditions in the center of the field, playing between the lines of the Africans; however, he did not manage to be decisive, although he showed flashes of his refined individual technique.
ESPN, for its part, gave him a generous rating of eight out of a maximum of 10 points and said that the Chivas youth player took this match "as 'revenge' after being left out of the process towards Tokyo 2020, the midfielder showed initiative to take the ball and was right in most of his decisions. It is worth mentioning that the chemistry he showed with Erick Aguirre and, to a lesser extent, with Roberto Alvarado, also gave him credit. He came on at 66' for Orbelín Pineda".
Fernando Cevallos, the journalist for FOX Sports, argued that players such as "Santi Giménez and Fernando Beltrán, who are surely not fixed for Qatar 2022 with the Mexican national team, have surely started to cast doubts on Tata today," regarding their possible inclusion in the call-up list for the great world soccer event.
A doubt that can only be resolved by the Argentinean's coaching staff and with more notable performances from the talented Chivas de Guadalajara midfielder in these friendlies and during the upcoming Liga MX Apertura 2022.