Guatemala defeats Puerto Rico with a goal from Darwin Lom in a match in which the Bicolor showed anxiety and rushed, according to Amarini Villatoro

Darwin Lom scored the winning goal for Guatemala in minute 66. Free Press Photo: Esbin García.


The coach of the Guatemalan National Team, Amarini Villatoro, said that the team was overcome by anxiety and “they were very hasty to make some decisions at key moments of the game.” The bicolor beat him this Friday, January 22, against Puerto Rico, 1-0, with a score by Darwin Lom.

Villatoro assured before this match that for some players this friendly match against Puerto Rico was a litmus test. He explained that they had to show what they were made of to continue in the Sele and play the tie for Qatar 2022 that begins next March against Cuba.

Guatemala generated several goal options but did not take advantage of them. Free Press Photo: Esbin García.

The performance expressed at the end of the game was not all bad. “The boys ran the whole game. They looked for the options, “he said at the end of the meeting.

In the first half there were no clear arrivals and the one who tried some different things was the legionary Nicholas Rittmeyer. But nothing else happened. The closest thing to the goal was a shot that ran into the Puerto Rican left wing.

In the second part Villatoro had to make five changes. Pablo Aguilar, Stheven Robles, José Carlos Martínez, Marvin Ceballos and Robin Betancourth entered.

Aguilar changed the face of the National Team and made the game more dangerous and offensive. Ceballos and Robles gave it a start and that was how the score was achieved in the 66th minute. It was after the collection of a free kick from the left wing. Ceballo took the free kick and crossed perfectly for Darwin Lom who anticipated and connected a powerful header.

One to zero at the crucial moment. While the national goal, Kevin Moscoso, was one more spectator. Puerto Rico did not arrive once in danger.

“We are going to demand more from those who played. We generate many options, but we do not take advantage of them. The boys ran, I can’t complain about that. The performance was not bad, but in the face of the goal we were not clear. We must continue working, “said Villatoro.

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