Everyone knew that the onus was on Mexico to not only win, but do so in a convincing way as they entered first leg of their 2014 World Cup Qualifying Playoff tie against New Zealand at the Azteca Stadium. Going into the game, interim coach Miguel Herrera took steps to ensure that he would achieve the mission of getting Mexico into the World Cup. It all began by only calling up domestic players and in particular, drawing heavily on his Club America players.
In the press conference yesterday, Herrera once again reaffirmed that Mexico were going to win the game. Mexico did just that as they defeated New Zealand 5-1, doing so so in a convincing way which all but assures that Mexico can begin to make their arrangements to play in Brazil next summer.
While Mexico started slowly, they did not show any panic, something that was an issue with the three previous coaches during the World Cup Qualifying process in 2013. Instead, they grew into the game, capitalizing on chances when they arose and maintained their poise throughout.
In these type of games when the superior team is leading, it’s important to not give up a goal early in the second half to let their opponent think they can get back into the game. Mexico not only did not give up a goal early in the second half as they led by two, they scored one three minutes, never letting up or giving New Zealand a chance..
For Mexico, it’s been a while that they have played as well as they did today. With Herrera at the helm, they look set to finish off the task in Wellington next week to end the suffering for all fans of ‘El Tri’.