Mexico must count themselves very lucky to have survived the scare that New Zealand gave them. A rather minnows, when it comes to soccer, New Zealand gave dreadful thoughts to Mexican fans back home and even the Mexican team for quite sometimes.
There is no denying that Mexico were plain lucky to beat them and hope to get a ticket to semifinals. In today’s match against hosts, Russia, Mexico need to play a simple draw to move to the semis, while Russians need an outright victory to move to the next stage.
When it comes to on paper, Mexico seem to be favorite to beat Russians and move to the next stage. But as Russian team is playing in its own backyards and have good support of the crowd, beating them on their own turf is going to be herculean task for the Mexican side.
Many people are calling today’s match as “judgement day” for Juan Carlos Osorio and his Mexico team, however unfair that might seem.
Mexican Andres Guardado says, “We can’t play with the fear of losing…Those of us who have been in the national team for some time know it’s always been like that and we are focused on playing a good game and qualifying…Whether we play poorly or well, they always seek to criticize. We don’t have a problem with what is said.” Regarding Mexico’s New Zealand match, a late Hector Moreno goal sealed an encouraging draw for Mexico in its Group A opener but there was a backlash against Osorio making eight changes to face a physical New Zealand side, which El Tri defeated 2-1 after coming from a half-time deficit.
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