The attacker and figure of Wolverhampton, Raúl Jiménez, scored the winning goal by taking the penalty against specialist Tim Krul
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After the losses of Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Carlos González (Monterrey) and Guillermo Ochoa (America), the Mexican National Team looked weak compared to its counterpart from Holland ; however, the explosiveness of Jesús “Tecatito” Corona and the aim of Raúl Jiménez ended up surpassing one of the best defensive lines in Europe.
In a friendly match on FIFA date, the Aztec team beat “A Clockwork Orange” this Wednesday 1-0 as a visitor at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.
Jesús Corona showed off his great technique during the first minutes of the match; He even left defender Owen Winjdal, who plays for AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie league, lying on the ground in a filtered pass at minute 6. After leaving the mark of Winjdal, “Tecatito” looked for Raúl's head in a center; however, Stefan de Vrij , Inter Milan central defender, came first into the path of the ball and rejected it.
At 11 minutes, Jesús Gallardo stole a ball at the start of the Dutch and gave the ball to Jiménez, who fired horribly and threw the ball from the side, in one of those plays that every weekend makes routine in the Premier League.
Luis “Chaka” Rodríguez (Tigres UANL) marking Winjdal (Photo: Twitter / OnsOranje)
Almost 20 minutes later, the Porto de Portugal midfielder again showed his quality by making a “hat” in midfield to be able to remove the mark of two Dutchmen and then go out playing.
The winning goal came at minute 59 , when defender Nathan Aké (Manchester City) hit a free kick down the right wing. committed a dubious foul on Jiménez in the large area, causing the penalty.
The same attacker and Wolverhampton figure was the one who took the maximum penalty, his specialty, deceiving goalkeeper Tim Krul (Norwich) and overtaking the tricolor squad.
From the bench, the Dutch tactician Frank de Boer moved his pieces, especially with the entry of the striker Luuk de Jong (Sevilla) p ero little served. While the Argentine coach Gerardo Martino also made his changes, especially giving the opportunity to Orbelín Pineda, Luis Romo, Omar Govea and Henry Martín, who are looking for a recurring place in the selection.
At the end of the game, luck was on Mexico's side, first with a save by Alfredo Talavera to a shot from De Jong and then the rebound was left to Memphis Depay (Lyon) who crashed the ball on the crossbar , this being the clearest of the Netherlands in the whole game.
Talavera, Pumas goalkeeper, had a good performance (Photo: Twitter @ miseleccionmx)
Already at a press conference, “Tata” Martino highlighted the collective level of his team and considered Mexico's victory to be fair : “We played a good game. We were pretty much in control of the game and we bonded very well. For what we did, it seems to me that the result is fair ”.
Likewise, he recognized the leadership and the good moment that Alfredo Talavera , goalkeeper of the UNAM Pumas is living: “Alfredo Talavera's work was good. He talked a lot with the defenders and gave the team a start. We will continue working with him more ”.
With this, El Tri has a record of four wins , one draw and four defeats in all kinds of games against the Netherlands, with 16 goals scored and 15 conceded. It is worth mentioning that their most recent meeting, in November 2014, Mexico also won 3-2 in Amsterdam, with two goals from Carlos Vela and one from Javier “Chicharito” Hernádez.
Penalty specialists duel: Raúl defeats Krul (Photo: EFE)
However, the memory that is still present in the Mexican fans was a few months earlier in the round of 16 of the World Cup in Brazil , when the tulip squad eliminated El Tri in the last minute with a dubious penalty marked Arjen Robben , with what ended 2 to 1 ; After the match, the hashtag #NoEraPenal emerged on social networks, which is commemorated each time they face each other.
Although this triumph does not grant three points or the advance to a next round, it does shine and motivate El Tri to face Algeria next Tuesday, October 13, in their second and last meeting in the Netherlands.
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