Mexico breeze past Argentina into Final to defend their crown (video)


Mexico celebrate reaching the final and the chance to defend the title

Mexico being in Friday’s Final did not seem likely after the thrashing they received in the opening game with Nigeria but El Tri have bounced back spectacularly and are now a game away from retaining the trophy. Lady Luck may have been with Mexico today but the 3-0 scoreline against a strong Argentina side is a huge boost ahead of the Final.

The opening 5 minutes was a hammer blow for Argentina. With Argentina still reeling from Sebastian Druissi’s penalty miss after 4 minutes, Ivan Ochoa poked Mexico ahead.

After surviving a couple of close calls, Mexico doubled their advantage and it was Ochoa again. A free kick was headed on and Ochoa, looking suspiciously offside, fired the ball past Augusto Batalla.

Argentina were then reduced to 10 men after Joaquin Ibáñez was sent off for a strong challenge on the goalscorer.

After the break, Argentina battled well but with minutes remaining, El Tri made certain when Marcos Granados was sent clear to smash in the third.

All focus must now shift to Friday’s Final where Mexico could potentially meet Nigeria again, following their 6-1 humbling on the opening day. To come back from that and win the trophy would be a dramatic turnaround and a rare moment of joy for Mexican football, considering the current plight of the senior side.


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