If there is something that the national team can boast about, it is the way they face duels against great teams during the group stage of a world cup
On the eve of Qatar 2022, there are different predictions regarding how the Mexican team will fare in the World Cup, especially in their match against Argentina in the first phase of the contest. As a result, it is a good time to review the last clashes of the “Tri” against world powers in the group stage, where, surprisingly, it has a positive balance.
Although, the national team Mexican has never managed to transcend beyond the quarterfinals in a world cup, yes it can boast of having delivered memorable matches in which it surprised locals and strangers after winning or drawing against teams that are usually candidates for the title; the most recent example, the victory against Germanyin Russia 2018.
Next, we will review the last group stage matches, where the “Aztec” team gave the bell:
< h2 class="header">1.- Netherlands 2-2 Mexico (France 1998)
Being in one of the most complicated groups of the tournament, where they shared a sector with Belgium, South Korea and the Netherlands, the tricolor reached the third day of the first round with the same four points as its rival in turn “A Clockwork Orange”. The press around the world put the European team as a clear favorite; however, that Lapuente team did not shrink and showed that they were going to compete with anyone.
The beginning of the game was an ordeal for the tricolor, because only after 18 minutes game they were already losing 2-0 on the scoreboard. Despite the adverse score, the players brought out the caste and with goals from Ricardo Peláez at minute 75 and another from “Matador” Luis Hernández in added time, the North American team drew a valuable two-goal tie, which helped them to pass as second place in the group.
2 .- France 0-2 Mexico (South Africa 2010)
For the first World Cup on the African continent, the Aztec team came generating many doubts due to its level shown during the qualifiers. Beyond the emotion that there was for being the team that opened the contest against the hosts, the fans were somewhat skeptical regarding the aspirations that were to be transcended, especially due to the duels against the then runner-up in the world, France.
The French country and Mexico met on the second day of the group, both having drawn their first match. In a match full of tension and strategy, those led by Javier Aguirre managed to seal the victory with a resounding 2-0 scoreline with goals from Javier “Chicharito” Hernández and another via a penalty by Cuauhtémoc Blanco, giving the surprise of the day and practically ruling the elimination of the “Blues”.
Chicharito celebrating his goal against France
3.- Brazil 0-0 Mexico (Brazil 2014)
Four years after the World Cup in South Africa,< /b> the Concacaf team once again gave people something to talk about after having achieved an important draw against the always powerful Brazil, a team that also hosted the event and was one of the main candidates for the title.
Although the victory was not achieved, that game in Fortaleza is well remembered among the Mexican people for the extraordinary performance of its goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who grew up in the face of adversity and gave one of the best games of his life and it was a wall for Neymar and company. In the end, neither of them was hurt and the match ended in a goalless draw.
4.- Germany 0-1 Mexico (Russia 2018)
Lastly, there is Mexico's most recent performance in a world cup, where it is well remembered for the historic victory against Germany, a team that arrived as current world champion and as the main favorite to endorse title. Apart from the illusion that existed, there were really few people who imagined a victory against the “Teutons”.
If the Aztec team demonstrated something again on that occasion, it was that, by Except during the group stage, he becomes great against world powers. With a solitary goal from Hirving “Chucky” Lozano at minute 35 and against all odds, Mexico achieved an important victory and brought joy to all its fans on June 17, 2018.
A goal he scored vibrate an entire country