Christian Pulisic scored a penalty as the United States (USA) defeated Mexico 3-2 in the final of the first CONCACAF Nations League Football Championship to win the title. The two passionate rivals gathered at Empower Field, the home of the Colorado Rapids, and put on an amazing show that included penalty drama, VAR confusion, streakers, and supporters throwing things on the pitch.
In the starting 63 seconds, Jesus Corona gave Mexico a lead jumping on a ball from Mark McKenzie to slot home comfortably, and Hector Moreno’s header was ruled out for offside soon after.
US cranked up their game when Gio Reyna scored his third international goal as Weston McKennie’s header rebounded off the post and dropped perfectly at his feet. Reyna took advantage of the moment allowing him to follow in the footsteps of his father Claudio, who scored against Mexico in a 4-0 victory in 1995.
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Goalkeeper Ethan Horvath ensured America’s title win by stopping a penalty kick from Andres Guardado in the 124th minute after Pulisic’s goal. This is Pulisic’s second title in two weeks. He also won the football match of the UEFA Champions League title with Chelsea on 29 May. Pulisic scored on a penalty kick in the 114th minute.
Mexico took the lead twice, thanks to the goals of Jesus Manuel Corona (1st minute) and Diego Lainez (79th minute), but despite this, the team had to face defeat. The first CONCACAF Nations League final used video review three times. VAR came to the United States’ rescue once more in the 108th minute. Pulisic was fouled in the area but did not receive a penalty right away, only for the video official to overturn the judgment. Tata Martino, Mexico’s president, was given a red card for retaliating against a protesting official.
Check out the football highlights of the CONCACAF Nations League Football Championship.