Mexico mentor Gerardo Martino wasn’t delighted with his group’s play Sunday night, even after it went unbeaten in CONCACAF Gold Cup gathering play to progress to the quarterfinals with a 3-2 prevail win over Martinique.
His team just changed over three of 24 shots on objective and almost wasted a two-objective lead in the end minutes.
“I’m upset,” Martino said. “When we are being forced like (toward the finish of the game) we generally attempt to step up to the plate and keep playing. We had such a large number of diversions, particularly protectively, and further on in the challenge that could cost us the match.”
Mexico was never in risk of not making the quarterfinals in the wake of winning its first 2 matches by a joined core of 10-1. So it rested a bunch of players, including goaltender Guillermo Ochoa and midfielder Erick Gutierrez, who harmed his hamstring in a 3-1 prevail upon Canada in a past group play game.
On Sunday, Mexico did only enough to win.
Uriel Antuna, Raul Jimenez, and Fernando Navarro scored as Mexico won before 59,283 fans at Bank of America Stadium, the large more significant part of which were clad in nation’s green, red and white colors.
Kevin Parsemain and Jordy Delem scored for Martinique (1-2).
After a few botched chances early, Antuna got Mexico on the board in the 29th moment with a smart left-footed shot between the legs of a Martinique protector that rolled simply inside the correct post.
A very late expansion to the list, the Mexican forward is having a remarkable Gold Cup competition. Antuna scored three objectives and included an aid a 7-0 defeat over Cuba in Mexico’s opening game June 16 at the Rose Bowl.
In spite of outshooting Martinique 13-5 and controlling the ball for 68 percent of the foremost half, Mexico 1-0 at the break.
Martinique exploited the botched opportunities, tying it at 1 in the 56th moment on a free kick by Kevin Parsemain.
Be that as it may, Mexico could never trail.
Jimenez replied in the 61st moment scoring on a cross from Rodolfo Pizarro to make it 2-1. Fernando Navarro then gave Mexico a protection objective it would later need by scoring 11 minutes after the fact.
Martinique gave Mexico an alarm when it slices the lead to 3-2 in the 84th moment when Delem pushed a shot past reinforcement goaltender Jonathan Orozco. Furthermore, it had a couple of different opportunities to tie the match, however, couldn’t change over.
“We had a decent game, I don’t figure anybody here would state we didn’t,” said Martinique mentor Mario Bocaly. “It was a continuance of the work we have been accomplishing throughout the previous year and a half. We have begun playing as a group.”
That left Bocaly bemoaning a prior gathering play misfortune to Canada, one that kept his group from achieving the quarterfinals. “Disappointments are ringing a bell. It was the first game, and we were bad physically or strategically in that game,” Bocaly said.
Canada joined Mexico in progressing out of Group An into the quarterfinals next Saturday night in Houston, Texas. Mexico will play the sprinter up of Group B, while Canada will play the victor of Group B. Their adversaries have not yet been resolved.