México beats Brazil’s Junior Varsity, 2-0
June 27, 2007 2 Comments
Brazil – 3
México – 26
I know these rankings are skewed due to the absence of Brazil’s biggest stars (Kaká and Ronaldinho), as well as 3 of México’s “Europeos” (Salcido, Osorio and Pardo), but nonetheless as a Mexican I have to be happy about the outcome of tonight’s Copa América matchup.
We were out during the first half of this highly anticipated showdown so I missed the scoring, and was thoroughly shocked that México was up 2-0.
Some comments on the match itself (well the 2nd half which I saw in its entirety):
This was not Brazil’s best squad, yet they were having their way with the Mexican D in the 2nd half, small miracle Brazil didn’t score.
Memo Ochoa was stupendous at goal for México, he served as a human backstop to some pretty potent blasts.
I know I’ve asked this in a previous post but why is Gerardo Torrado still playing for El Tri? He commits way too many turnovers (not good for a midfielder), I’m pretty sure he’s related to Rex Grossman.
Nery Castillo performed brilliantly (per the first Mexican score) but he can’t be considered a top-flight striker when he
- consistently misplays blatant scoring opportunities (he should have passed to Morales, then on another similar play, he should have kept the ball to shoot but he ended up passing to a Brazilian defender)
- misses a wide open net after beating the keeper
Something else jumped out at me. Sitting on a 2-0 lead against Brazil is probably not the smart thing to do, though this time it worked out. When I’ve watched Argentina play and they get ahead like this they keep attacking and attacking, this is why they’re Argentina. I wish México would adopt a similar attitude.
Whether it’s fútbol or football, playing prevent defense prevents you from winning…