July 29, 2021

Mexico beats Guatemala in first match of 2020 at empty Estadio Azteca

Three first half goals saw Mexico men’s national team coast to a 3-0 victory over Guatemala on Wednesday in El Tri‘s first game since last November.

Mexico fielded a domestic squad for the match, which falls outside of FIFA’s international window, with Guatemala filling in at late notice after Costa Rica pulled out last week due to problems related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

El Tri dominated the game inside Estadio Azteca from the start and took the lead in the 6th minute, when Henry Martin netted from close range after latching onto a left wing cross from Sebastian Cordova

The host doubled its lead just before the half-hour mark, with Cruz Azul’s Orbelin Pineda free to finish from inside the penalty area after Uriel Antuna had burst down the right flank and pulled the ball back.

Cordova scored himself in the 36th following a slick move down the left involving Monterrey’s Jesus Gallardo.

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