An impressive victory for México over Ecuador yesterday afternoon in Arlington was undoubtedly overshadowed by the horrendous leg break suffered by Luís Montes. The 28-year-old was in line to be a starter under Herrera and so is a real blow to México’s hopes in Brazil.
Montes had fired El Tri into the lead with a superb curling effort from 25 yards before the unfortunate incident which ended his World Cup dreams.
His replacement was the mercurial, Marco Fabian who gave a reminder to Miguel Herrera and the fans of his talents. Fabian will be the natural replacement for Montes and he excelled in his impromptu audition. Fabian rifled in an excellent second goal from distance in the 68th minute and while he was oozing confidence he was then instrumental in México’s play.
Villarreal striker, Giovani Dos Santos was also given an opportunity to impress and stake a claim for a starting berth alongside Oribe Peralta and performed well. Following an outstanding season in La Liga, Dos Santos showed glimpses of the player that he has grown into while in Spain. It was his strike that came back off the post before rebounding into the net off Ecuador goalkeeper, Máximo Banguera.
Pachuca striker, Enner Valencia blasted a late consolation for Ecuador but México looked far more accomplished than in recent times and if it had not been for the injuries then the mood in camp would undoubtedly be a lot brighter.
Montes has been replaced in the squad by Javier Aquino but there was also a worry over captain, Rafa Marquez who was substituted with a foot injury.
México 3 – 1 Ecuador (warning the Montes injury is included)