This afternoon, Mexico faced Japan at the Graz Liebenau stadium in Austria on the occasion of the last date FIFA of 2020. To the surprise of the Mexicans, the first part was dominated by the Japanese, the participation of Guillermo Ochoa who kept the score zero to zero until the break.
Raúl Jiménez was the player who opened the scoring in the match against Japan. For him minute 63, between a drawer of fog that covered a large part of the court, Jiménez did his thing with the ball. In a play crossed by the left wing, Orbelín Pineda assisted his teammate with a high heel, Raúl Alonso received the ball, passed two Japanese defenders to take a pointed shot that ended in the first goal of the match.
The Wolverhampton striker celebrated with the Aztecs. After a first half full of attacking plays by the Asians, Jiménez’s goal lightened the match.
Due to the weather conditions of the field, after the first 65 minutes of the supplementary part, the referees of the match decided to change the ball for a phosphorescent orange one to improve the visibility of the game.
Despite the poor visibility on the pitch, for the minute 68 Hirving Lozano appeared who stole the ball from the midfield and started a race towards the goal to finish off a goal. Without many possibilities, the goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt was short before the cross shot of ‘Chucky’ Lozano.
That was how the second goal of the game fell, which put the Tricolor ahead. The second half was for ‘Tata’ Martino, they proposed the dynamics of the game to prevent the Asians from scoring.
For him minute 78 Napoli striker tried to face a “hand to hand” again with a defender from Japan, however, Schmidt came out to defend his goal, which cut off the illusion of ‘Chucky’ to score a third goal.
For the 82nd minute of the match came out of change Hirving Lozano by the Cruz Azul midfielder, Roberto Alvarado.
Both Raúl Jiménez as Hirving Lozano They have become the most relevant players of the Mexican National Team, they have added minutes and goals with the team, which has given the strategist confidence Gerardo Martino to summon them, and shape your line of attack with them.
To close the match, the referee team added three more minutes to conclude the game in minute 93. With the final whistle, The Aztec Selection ended its participation in this 2020.
At the press conference, the technical director Gerardo Martino He spoke of the difficulties he faced this year to form his squad of players and prepare against his rivals: “This 2020, a difficult year, we knew how to take advantage of it. We had good rivals. He gives footballers a lot of experience and us references for the future. ” He claimed. PSince not all the matches scheduled in the calendar were played by Covid-19, the work of ‘Tata’ added an undefeated number of friendly matches this year.
Next year, the outlook paints various competitions for the el ‘Tri’, according to Martino pointed out that “In the first part of the year (2021) we will solve the March tour with the Pre-Olympic and later with the Gold Cup with the Olympic Games”. He also stated that his priority will be the Sub23 because of its importance.
“In these games we face rivals with different forms of play and that helped us to pose different situations. We were competitive by resorting to schemes that we have not used. We are satisfied”Martino declared at the close of the press conference.
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