The most anticipated event in Mexico during the World Cup qualifying calendar arrived tonight. The Tricolor returned to Ohio with the ghosts of Columbus chased away, but with a new story to be written in Cincinnati, a cold land with a distinctly American atmosphere in which Gerardo Martino's team would seek to remove the thorns of the duels in the Gold Cup and Nations League .
Without being reduced by the stage and the visitor status, the Mexican team proposed a one-to-one game on the TQL Stadium field in which the clearest starting chances were for them. First at the feet of Hirving Lozano, who escaped at speed to the North American area and on the fly took a shot that goalkeeper Zack Steffen resolved in a good way.
Between the failures of Mexico and the difficulties of the United States to generate danger, both teams went to rest without goals on the scoreboard; the equalized left them in equal circumstances in the Octagonal table, although neither of them would want to conform and they would go to the complement to find the three points.
Near the end, with Mexico disoriented and in need of the tying goal, came the final thrust. McKennie found himself with a rebound granted by Carlos Rodríguez to position himself inside the area and define with a cross shot, impossible for Guillermo Ochoa. The "dosacero" was back.