The Mexican national team had a hard time with Guyana at the BBVA Compass stadium Friday yet were able to put a display of goals in the final 12 minutes of play. El Tri defeated Guyana 5-0 in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match that took place in Houston. The venue counted as a home match for Guyana.
While the victory came with a huge margin, Guyana complicated the Mexican squad with their good defense. Javier “chicharito” Hernandez was very active on the pitch but was not accurate on his shots. However, he did participate in the goal fest that concluded the game.
Andres Guardado opened scoring in the 78th, Oribe Peralta added the second in the 80th, Hernandez forced Charles Pollard to score on his own net a few minutes later. Chicharito scored his goal for the 4-0 and Angel Reyna added a beauty in the final minutes for the 5-0.
The game was one-sided as far as possession goes with Mexico controlling and playing on Guyana’s side of the field. The Golden Jaguars set up a good defense holding El Tri at bay in the first 77 minutes of play.
At the fifth minute, Mexico had their first opportunity when Chicharito received the ball in front of the goalkeeper. Derrick Carter took him down in the area. The referee called a penalty in Mexico’s favor. Hernandez fired high and hit the crossbar missing the chance to take an early lead.
A few minutes later Javier Aquino received a long pass from goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco pulling Carter from his line. Aquino lobbed the ball inside the area towards an open net but hit the left post saving Guyana in the 10th minute.
Mexico missed many shots sending the ball wide in the area. Hernandez was missing his goal scorer touch having near-miss after near-miss. The majority of the first half took place on the Guyana side of the field with the Caribbean squad putting up a heavy defense. Possession was one-sided with Mexico making the majority of runs on goal.
El Tri was missing their touch making Carter the luckiest man on the pitch. Plays from Peralta or Hernandez ended with the ball in the goalkeeper’s hands. Also helping Carter was the anxiety that the Mexicans were building up as the game progressed without getting on the board. The passes kept going long or ending nowhere near their intended target.
In a surprise play, Gregory Richardson took the ball from Francisco Rodriguez but took too long to reach the Mexican net. Orozco split his legs to block the shot sending it to a corner kick. On the set piece, Pollard received the rebound on the play but fired it over the crossbar saving Mexico.
A few minutes before the half, Jorge Enriquez came on for Gerardo Torrado due to an injury. Enriquez made a huge differnce on the field recovering the ball and supporting the attack.
Mexico continued attacking with Guardado missing the top corner by inches on a set piece. Israel Jimenez had a shot of his own that hit the crossbar making it look like the ball just did not want to enter the net in Mexico’s favor. The teams went to the break with a 0-0.
Carter continued with his luck catching a header on the line from Hector Moreno in the 53rd minute. It appeared that the game could go the same way it had in the first half. Mexico continued to shoot with no success. Then, the CONCACAF giant woke up.
On a corner kick Guardado recovered a loose ball and put it between Carter and a defender to put Mexico up 1-0 in the 77th minute of play.
Chicharito finally put a play together in the 79th minute. He received a ball from Reyna who’d just entered the game to replace Antonio Naelson Zinha. Hernandez crossed to center past Carter and Peralta pushed the ball in for the 2-0.
Hernandez appeared again, this time he caused an own goal. Chicharito received a ball in the area, Pollard arrived in an attempt to clear it but put it past Carter to give Mexico the 3-0 lead in the 81st minute.
The goals just kept coming. Chicharito received a pass from Guardado. He jumped and connected with his head to put the ball past Carter who didn’t even move. Mexico increased to 4-0.
With five minutes left in regulation Reyna scored. He dribbled the ball past four players and fired from the center from outside the area as Guyana fell apart. Mexico was up 5-0 with no signs of slowing down. However, an injured Guyanese player brought in the team’s medics and slowed the momentum killing time.
While the score was heavily in Mexico’s favor, El Tri suffered to get the result. Mexico continues with a perfect record in the CONCACAF group stage reaching 15 points in five games. Guyana stays in the bottom of Group B with a single point in five games, eliminated from reaching the hexagonal.
CONCACAF WCQ results:
Antigua and Barbuda 1, USA 2
Canada 3, Cuba 0
El Salvador 0, Costa Rica 1
Guatemala 2, Jamaica 1
Panama 0, Honduras 0