Mexico’s high spirited performance not enough to stop high flying England
Two time title winners Mexico needed a high spirited performance to outclass a skillfull England side. In the end they came very close but it was not enough to stop the young Three Lions from progressing to the next round with a 3-2 win over their CONCACAF counterparts.
The match was beautifully set up in a stunning atmosphere at the Salt Lake stadium and crowd started roaring as the referee’s whistle blew.
England was on the front foot from the first minute, making forwards runs while some where wasted opportunities and others were ruled offside. Mexico on the other hand were sitting back and looking for counters and their spirited move towards goal which could have opened the scoring was judged offside.
England did not waste any time as Rhian Brewster was on the scoresheet right from the spot. It was a well driven freekick and England now has the upper hand on their counterparts.
Minutes later, the Three Lions doubled their lead with a stunning left-footed shot from Manchester City prodigy Phil Foden.
England was completely dominating the match as the Young Lions increased their lead as Jadon Sancho calmly converted the penalty . The Borussia Dortmund youngster has found his feet here in Kolkata as he has scored 3 goals alongwith 2 assists in 2 matches.
But Mexico did not gave up and they kept moving forward and their never die spirit resulted in a beautiful buildup and star man Diego Lainez opened the scoring for Mexico.
Mexico’s spirit after conceding 3 goals was really commendable, but now the goal has given them a new energy , a new aura to find something from this match. Diego Lainez came up again and hammered one on the far corner and Mexico had scored again.
Suddenly England were looking to sit back and defend while Mexico was piling men forward to find the equaliser. Mexico had numerous chances to atleast draw the match but their repeated squandering of quality chances made them pay as at the final whistle it was Steven Cooper’s team that had progressed to next round with a 3-2 win over Mexico.
Here’s the match highlights: