In their final warm-up game before the World Cup on Wednesday, Mexico was defeated 2-1 by Sweden, which portends poorly for the coming weeks. Before the World Cup, under-fire managercould not motivate a strong performance. Mexico dominated the ball against a side that wasn’t qualified for the tournament, but they had trouble scoring goals and twice had defensive lapses. Raul Jimenez, the team’s standout striker who has been injured since August, was eventually brought in by Martino, but the attacker’s 45 minutes of work were subpar.
On Wednesday, Vega put an end to El Tri’s recent poor shooting by darting behind the Sweden defense to grab a pass from Hector Herrera and slipping a shot past the goalkeeper. Chance conversion will be one of Mexico’s major worries at the World Cup, especially because Jimenez is still not fully fit. Although Vega is more of a distributor than a goal scorer, the team will appreciate his help with the finishing. Despite El Tri dictating the game’s flow, Mexico’s defense allowed Sweden to steal the opening goal far too easily.
Marcus Rohden snuck behind Hector Moreno to score, and Hector Moreno needed to be more mindful of this. In contrast, the second goal was scored after a deflected corner when Mattias Svanberg was left unopposed at the top of the box. Inexcusable. With his 178th appearance, Andres Guardado surpassed all previous Mexican players in terms of appearances. Next Tuesday, Mexico will play again against Poland in their World Cup debut. El Tri will then conclude Group C’s matches against Argentina and Saudi Arabia.
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