In a 3-0 home win over Suriname, which is rated 141 in the world, Mexico produced yet another lacklustre performance. Only a few months until the World Cup in Qatar.
Mexico struggled in the buildup and had few clear-cut chances, but a failed clearance, a sloppy penalty foul, and a deflected shot helped El Tri win its CONCACAF Nations League opening.
El Tri got off to a flying start, scoring in the third minute on a fantastic volley finish by Israel Reyes, who took advantage of a Suriname defender’s mistake.
Erick Sanchez’s stoppage-time goal put the game out of reach, but manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino will certainly be chastised for his team’s overall effort.
Within the closing ten minutes, Mexico had a second penalty attempt, but it was saved by Arsenal Under-23 player Marcelo Flores. Flores was brought into the game when the crowd demanded it with nine minutes remaining. After the Suriname goalie tripped him up, his fantastic through ball to Orbelin Pineda resulted in the penalty.
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