El Tri Sail Through To The Finals After 4-1 Beating Of El Salvador
After going through famed Hugo Sanchez and then Sven Goran Eriksson, Javier Aguirre was able to book Mexico’s ticket to the South Africa in 2010 with a 4-1 win at the Azteca Stadium over El Salvador. Although the game against Trinidad and Tobago still remains, Mexico will be in South Africa. Unfortunately for Carlos de los Cobos’ El Salvador, the loss signifies the end to their World Cup aspirations.
The game was immediately stopped right after the kick off because of a bee problem at Miguel Angel Montes’ goal. The bees stopped the game for ten minutes as handlers tried to smoke them out.
Mexico had the first opportunity in the 13th minute with a shot from Carlos Vela right outside the box on the left. Montes got a hand on it and denied Mexico’s effort.
Once again it was the Arsenal player in the 19th minute who wasted a chance on Mexico’s behalf. Cuauhtémoc Blanco had left it for Andres Guardado, who passed to Vela. Carlos Vela received the ball and tried to reposition himself to get into a better angle, but ended up losing the ball and wasting an opportunity.
It was then in the 26th minute that Mexico went up on the score sheet. Guillermo Franco had fallen just outside of the box, and the ball landed with the El Salvador’s defense. Blanco arrived and tried to push it in as the ball got away from the defense, with Marvin Gonzalez trying to stop it. Gonzalez ended up having the last touch and scored an own goal to give Mexico the 1-0 lead.
El Salvador began to pull evenly with Mexico and in the 38th minute Eliseo Quintanilla took a shot, but it ended up going just wide.
In the 52nd minute Carlos Vela once again had an opportunity for Mexico. Franco sent the ball to Vela who tried to perform a bicycle kick, but Montes was able to get a hand on it and stop the attempt on goal.
Coming back for the second half Cuauhtemoc Blanco was fouled at the edge of the box. Guardado took the free kick in the 55th minute, but his effort hit the post after Montes had gotten a hand on it and guided it to the crossbar.
In the 67th minute Guillermo Franco tried to score a goal with a diving header with a pass from Efrain Juarez, but Montes dove to bat away the ball that could have been Mexico’s second goal.
Then in the 70th minute Cuauhtemoc Blanco scored Mexico’s second goal. Franco drew the Salvadoran defense and gave the ball to Blanco who was then left alone against Montes to score the second.
Francisco ‘Paco’ Palencia then made his return to the Mexican national team and in the 84th minute marked his return with a goal. Palencia received a pass from Carlos Vela and coolly took a shot past Montes for Mexico’s third goal.
It was then the Pumas man that gave away a free kick in the 86th minute for a foul on Juan Carlos Moscoso. Julio Martinez stepped up to take the free kick and put it into the top right corner of the Guillermo Ochoa’s goal to give El Salvador their lone goal of the night.
Carlos Vela added a fourth for Mexico in the 89th minute. Gonzalez tried to clear the ball with a header, but instead of sending it cleanly back towards Montes, the ball landed in the path of Vela. Vela took on the opportunity and scored Mexico’s last goal of the night, and sealing their pass on the South Africa.