On its return to activity in the Octagonal Final of the Concacaf towards the Qatar 2022 World Cup, the Mexican National Team visited the Jamaican national team to secure its ticket. Against all odds, and even with the numerical inferiority they suffered in the first half, the Reggae Boys scored the first goal and held the lead for most of the match. However, when defeat seemed imminent, Henry Martin y Alexis Vega appeared to turn the scoreboard on less than three minutes.
From the start of the actions, Mexico sought possession of the ball. In front they ran into an ambitious Jamaican team that would seek at all costs the necessary points to even get close to the playoffs. For this reason, local players took a defensive role and they relied on counterattacks to break Guillermo Ochoa’s goal. The first strategy worked perfectly, because the first half ended goalless.
However, minutes before the break, a play was presented that determined the process of the match. The Inter Miami defender, Damion Lowe made a dangerous tackle on the ankle of Andrés Guardado. After reviewing her in the VAR, and verifying her risk, the match judge showed her the red card and he left his team with 10 players. In this way, Mexico had the opportunity to go to the front.
The expectation was not fulfilled and the course of the meeting was diametrically opposed. On a down play from the corner kick, Rogelio Funes Mori he failed to refuse a dangerous serve and favored rivals. Without thinking Daniel Johnson executed brilliantly and placed the ball on the post guarded by Guillermo Ochoa. with the goal, the Jamaicans took the partial advantage.
Gerardo Martino’s face began to fill with despair. It did not take long to make the necessary changes to enhance the Tricolor’s attack and entered Diego Lainez, Henry Martin, Gerardo Arteaga and Tecatito Corona. Like a chess player, the Argentine helmsman realized the genius of his changes a few moments later. However, the minutes that preceded the final stretch were very tense.
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