The América forward scored one of the three goals and gave an assist for the goal of his Coapa teammate, Henrry Martin
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Henry Martin celebrates Mexico's first goal against Guatemala with Carlos Salcedo (Photo: Twitter / @ miseleccionmx)
After more than 10 months, the Mexican team played a game again. However, unlike their other encounters, this one was marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tricolor faced its counterpart from Guatemala in an empty Azteca Stadium and without the heat of the screams of the Mexican fans. What did not change with the passage of time was the hegemony of the Greens over the groups of their own confederation, as they easily passed over those led by Amarini Villatoro .
It only took five minutes for Mexico to take the lead on the scoreboard. The first goal was forged thanks to the Americanista duo up front: a good low center from Sebastián Córdova reached the feet of Henry Martin , who only needed to close the clamp (1-0).
Guatemala could not respond. Those led by the Argentine Gerardo “Tata” Martino began to play with the ball, passing it through the half court, without despairing to knock again on the door defended by Ricardo Jerez .
The Tricolor faced its counterpart from Guatemala in an empty Azteca Stadium and without the heat of the screams of the Mexican fans (Photo: Twitter / @ miseleccionmx)
However, the second target reached 28 ′, but now with a rojiblanco touch. Chivas winger Uriel Antuna overflowed down the right wing until he reached the goalkeeper. Without being selfish, he sent a delayed diagonal for former Guadalajara and now Cruz Azul midfielder, Orbelín Pineda , who shot the experienced goalkeeper (2-0).
El Tri remarked on their extensive dominance with a resounding 3-0 before the end of the first half (36 '). The goal was the product of a combination between Córdova and the Monterrey side, Jesús Gallardo , where the azulcrema forward was the one who closed the clamp to send the round to the networks.
Already at the beginning of the second half everything was calmer . The selected Aztecs sailed calmly, due to the ineffectiveness of the Guatemalan team, which seemed to be suffocated, perhaps due to the height of Mexico City.
The change party started after the first 15 minutes of the second half. Both coaches replaced their pieces to refresh the game , making a total of six changes, in what seemed to be the beginning of the debacle.
In the end, the Mexican team beat its counterpart from Guatemala by three goals (Photo: Twitter / @ miseleccionmx)
Already in the evening of the match, 15 minutes after the referee's final whistle, the only one who had not seen action with the ball was goalkeeper Hugo González . No attack from the Central American albicelestes disturbed the goal of the Rayados.
Instead, the outfield players held the ball. It seemed that the game had become a training round or a “shell” of unimportant friends, without having to “entertain” the fans.
In the end everything ended as the second half began . Dominant Mexico, with the score in their favor, and a team from Guatemala that did not know how to approach the local goal to, even if it was, disturb the Aztec defense.
With this match, Tata Martino will evaluate who will be the players they will have for the next matches of the Mexican team, which will be next week, where they will travel to the Netherlands to have two games.
On October 7 they will face the Netherlands at the Johan Cruyff Stadium in Amsterdam. Also, on the 13th of the same month it will be measured against Algeria, at the Cars Jeans Stadion, located in the old Dutch capital of The Hague .