DALLAS, Texas – It will be a battle of high-powered forwards with first place at stake for Group A of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, when El Salvador faces Mexico Sunday night at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas.
El Salvador enters the game with high spirits after achieving two consecutive 2-0 victories over Guatemala and Trinidad and Tobago, respectively.
La Selecta have already sealed their ticket to the quarterfinals, but they would like nothing more than to win the group with a draw or a victory against Mexico.
In three previous Gold Cup matches against El Tricolor, El Salvador was defeated in all three, with nine goals conceded and only one goal scored.
But it is a new day in the El Salvador national team under the direction of coach Hugo Pérez. A dynamic attack has gripped the Cuscatlecos, led by Jairo henriquez, who scored against Trinidad and Tobago and has five shots in the tournament.
Left-back Alexander Larín could also be a key player, with his timed runs down the left flank and his experience against Mexico. Larin played in El Salvador’s last Gold Cup match against Mexico, a 3-1 loss in the group stage in 2017. Larin also scored against Mexico in 2016 in the Concacaf Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Russia. 2018.
The Mexican team, with four points, can achieve first place in the group with a victory and coach Gerardo Martino can counter El Salvador with a dangerous attack.
Rogelio Funes Mori scored a double in the 3-0 win over Guatemala and now has three goals in three games for El Tricolor. The midfield master Hector Herrera He’s also in good shape, with one assist and three shots against the Chapines.
There is a long history between the two teams, with Mexico dominating the all-time 29G-1E-4P series against the Salvadorans, however a new Cuscatleca team will be eager to change that starting Sunday.