Mexico topped both of their qualifying groups but there are still doubts over the team.
Mexico World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
As seems to be the case every four years, Mexico will arrive at the 2018 World Cup with the mission to advance to the quarter-finals while wrapped in doubts and in the middle of a heated public debate about the quality of the team and its coach. However, unlike on most other occasions, this time El Tri topped the CONCACAF qualifying table with ease . Given the quality at their disposal, if the draw is kind to them, this time around the team might just end its streak of six consecutive round-of-16 exits.
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Key Moments in Qualifying
Mexico beat USA 2-1 with a last-minute goal by Rafa Marquez. It is El Tri’s first victory in the American stronghold of Columbus, Ohio, where they had previously lost four times in a row.
With a 2-0 win against Costa Rica, Mexico take first place in the qualifying group – a spot that they will never relinquish during the rest of the campaign.
Mexico qualify for the finals with three games to play by defeating Panama 1-0 at Estadio Azteca thanks to a goal from Hirving Lozano.
El Tri make sure of a first-place finish for the first time since 1998 with a 3-1 victory over Trinidad & Tobago.
Mexico World Cup Group
Mexico World Cup Friendlies
On the 1st of February Mexico beat Bosnia 1-0. A 3-0 victory against Iceland followed on the 24th of March, but then they lost to Croatia on the 28th. Two months later Mexico will play Wales and then Scotland on the 2nd of June. Finally, they will play Denmark on the 9th.
- 1st February – Bosnia (won 1-0)
- 24th March – Iceland (won 3-0)
- 28th March – Croatia (lost 1-0)
- 28th May – Wales
- 2nd June – Scotland
- 9th June – Denmark
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Mexico World Cup Fixtures
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Juan Carlos Osorio, age 56 (08.06.61)
Appointed in October 2015, he was assistant to Stuart Pearce at Manchester City before starting a coaching career in his native Colombia, moving on to Mexico, Brazil and the United States. He won a league title with Once Caldas and three more with Atletico Nacional in Colombia.
Although he did not have the best start to the season at West Ham, Javier Hernandez is his country’s all-time top goalscorer and remains the team’s most recognisable face.
With 143 international caps yet still only 31 years of age, captain Andres Guardado provides calm leadership in midfield. The same can also be said of Hector Moreno at the back. Hector Herrera, Jesus Corona and Miguel Layun have been regulars in recent years, as has keeper Guillermo Ochoa.
Alfredo Talavera has alternated between the posts with Ochoa in recent years but a knee injury means he is likely to miss the finals.
It will be a first World Cup for the new star of the team, winger Hirving Lozano, who has taken the Dutch league by storm since joining PSV.
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Mexico World Cup Squad
Preliminary World Cup Squad –
Goalkeepers – Jesus Corona, Guillermo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera
Defenders – Edson Alvarez, Nestor Araujo, Hugo Ayala, Jesus Gallardo, Miguel Layun, Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes, Carlos Salcedo
Forwards – Jesus Corona, Javier Hernandez, Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano, Oribe Peralta, Carlos Vela
Mexico World Cup Injuries
We will update you with injuries regularly.
The Unanswered Questions
Where does the team’s biggest weakness lie?
When analysing the Mexican squad you can find an abundance of riches in attack, but they are vulnerable at the back. El Tri like to keep possession and dictate the rhythm of games but they suffer when put under pressure and attacked. Coach Juan Carlos Osorio must find a way to balance the team.
Will Rafa Marquez play a fifth World Cup at the age of 39?
He seemed on track for another finals until a US government report accused him of being a “front man” for organised crime. Marquez is now back playing for Atlas but has not been called up by Osorio since the incident.
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