Mexico is now two for 2 within the group stage of the CONCACAF Nations League. Following final week’s 5-1 thrashing of Bermuda, El Tri returned residence to gather one other three factors throughout Tuesday night time’s Three-1 win over Panama.
The match additionally marked the Estadio Azteca debut for supervisor Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who now has 14 victories as nationwide staff boss.
Mexico’s fast passing was sensible to observe. The midfield and frontline usually linked as a fluid and dynamic unit that quickly moved the ball round in Panama’s last third.
Maintaining in thoughts that Martino determined to barely experiment along with his formation, it was spectacular to see how simple and comfy it was for Mexico to adapt to a setup and not using a true striker.
All that being stated, a striker’s eye for objective was undoubtedly absent within the assault. Quite a few gamers mistimed their pictures all through the night. Throughout a handful of cases, it additionally appeared like Mexico was attempting to cross its method into the online as a substitute of capitalizing on possibilities. Let’s not ignore Panama’s harmful counter-attacks both. Mexico’s protection at instances appeared dazed by the pacey runs and dribbles from the Central People within the second half.
Supervisor score (out of 10)
7 — Martino’s try to go along with his typical Four-Three-Three formation with an uncommon false 9 was a gentle success. Hirving Lozano, Roberto Alvarado and Rodolfo Pizarro all thrived within the frontline — and have the win to indicate for it — however one thing felt lacking and not using a true No. 9 taking part in up high. Martino remedied that with the introduction of Jose Juan Macias, a striker who scored the second objective of the night time and who additionally had a minor position within the creation of the third.
Participant rankings (1-10, with 10 one of the best. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Raul Gudino, eight — He did not must do a lot within the early levels of the match, however Gudino later made essential saves for Mexico when Panama started to ramp up strain proper after half-time. Little he may do to halt the own-goal from Carlos Salcedo both.
DF Alan Mozo, 6 — Followers probably anticipated extra from the younger full-back that was an unanticipated MVP earlier this month in opposition to Trinidad & Tobago. Mozo had little to supply going ahead on the best wing and was pretty quiet defensively.
DF Carlos Salcedo, 7 — Do not pay an excessive amount of consideration to his own-goal. Regardless of his unfortunate contact that despatched the ball into the again of Mexico’s web, Salcedo was a vital defensive determine for El Tri that halted a handful of Panamanian counters. He additionally dished out stunning long-range passes that made him appear like a quarterback for Mexico’s assault.
DF Nestor Araujo, 6 — There’s one thing that continues to be off concerning the central defender who has appeared questionable in latest video games for Mexico. Araujo’s decision-making and marking wants fine-tuning in future nationwide staff video games.
DF Cristian Calderon, 6 — Like Mozo, there is not a lot to say about Calderon. The left-back, who must be given credit score for his involvement within the build-up of some performs, wanted to be extra proactive in opposition to Panama.
MF Hector Herrera, 7 — The captain was the undisputed lynchpin for Mexico. Though he is docked a degree or two for partially shedding management of the midfield within the temporary cases of the second half, the Atletico Madrid participant stepped up as a significant distributor and reference level.
MF Carlos Rodriguez, 7 — Rodriguez is progressively making a case for himself as a go-to midfielder for El Tri. He has loads of competitors for minutes, however his efficiency on Tuesday highlighted his capability to be part of the unit that quickly moved the ball round.
MF Erick Aguirre, 6 — Aguirre linked properly with the midfield and assault by means of his passes, however appeared to have used up all of his power through the first 45 minutes. The 22-year-old was unsurprisingly the primary participant to be substituted out by Martino.
FW Roberto Alvarado, eight — Alvarado opened up the scoresheet with the primary objective of the night time and later offered the help for Mexico’s second. If he can keep this manner and chemistry with the roster, the younger winger ought to proceed to earn extremely invaluable minutes within the close to future.
FW Rodolfo Pizarro, eight — Did Pizarro look uninspired and drained throughout varied moments of the second half? There isn’t any doubt about that however there’s additionally no questioning his impression in game-changing moments. The winger offered an help within the first half and later discovered a second wind that helped him safe a objective in harm time.
FW Hirving Lozano, 7 — Lozano thrived in atypical place as Mexico’s false 9. The winger-turned-striker dropped again, created alternatives and hit the crossbar off a harmful shot from distance. All that was lacking was a objective for the participant who was introduced off as a result of an harm.
MF Sebastian Cordova, 6 — Substituted in for Aguirre through the 62nd minute. If the rumors are true that European scouts are maintaining a tally of him, they won’t have had very many notes on him right now. The midfielder had no actual impression throughout his cameo look.
FW Jose Juan Macias, 7 — Substituted in for Lozano through the 66th minute. Macias’ objective is now his third in his final two video games for Mexico. It appears to be like like Martino made the best determination by bringing on the striker that additionally helped within the build-up of the third objective.
FW Uriel Antuna, N/A — Substituted in for Alvarado through the 89th minute.