FT: Saudi Arabia 1-2 Mexico
Match report and reaction coming up…
So, it was not to be for Mexico, who showed the spirit and attacking talent that they so lacked in previous games this tournament. The intent was there from the first whistle, and they made Saudi Arabia look practically non-existent all game. The Asian side had no control and tried their best to hold back the Mexican relentlessness but had no other choice but to suffer it.
Martin was excellent all game, as was Chávez, who would be my player of the match. Hirving Lozano provided constant threat, but I can’t help but think that sometimes he could have used his teammates more than he did.
A comment about Ochoa and the defence is basically useless, as they hardly participated all game. Sánchez at right back did well in support in the first half before Chucky moved to the left and Pineda linked up excellently with both of them.
But, in the end, the two poor results – especially the lacklustre performance against Poland – is where the problems lie for Mexico, and Tata Martino will have to answer serious questions about why he didn’t bring along the young, upcoming, attacking talent that Mexico has.