México’s 8-game unbeaten streak came to an end last night in Chicago as El Tri were undone by a goal to nil against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Izet Hajrovic’s goal in the 41st minute, after exchanging passes with Edin Džeko, was enough to give their European opponents victory in the penultimate friendly before the World Cup.
Following the serious injury to Luis Montes and the less serious injury to captain, Rafa Marquez, Miguel Herrera gave an opportunity to several fringe players in Chicago. The result was a slightly disjointed performance that failed to take a grip of the game and allowed Bosnia to dictate much of the tempo and possession.
Miguel Herrera was unhappy that Bosnia changed their starting lineup moments before kickoff, stating “The last minute, with other players, that’s dirty. This is a friendly. It should have been stopped. That’s no good. You won’t see this in the World Cup. That’s unacceptable.”
That maybe so but El Tri will face sterner tests than Bosnia in just more than a weeks time.
Despite being outplayed for large parts of the game, there was a degree of resiliance in the makeshift backline that will have pleased Herrera and if it had not been for some good saves from Bosnia keeper, Asmir Begovic, México may have got something.
Begovic saved well from ‘Maza’ Rodríguez and Miguel Angel Ponce late on and perhaps a confident, Chicharito would have taken advantage of a couple of the chances that came his way. With a goal drought stretching back to the Confederations cup last year, Hernandez is woefully short of confidence and a goal in the final warm up game would do him the world of good.
México face Portugal on Sunday in Boston in their final warm up game before the main event starts on June 13th against Cameroon.