A Historic 2-1 Victory For Canada vs Mexico In World Cup Qualifying From “Iceteca”
Canada vs Mexico played to a 2-1 historic result for the Canadian Men’s National Team. A late first-half goal from Cyle Larin gave the home side a 1-0 lead going into the locker room. They were able to double their lead in the 2nd half thanks to a set-piece goal. Once again it was Cyle Larin who would get on the end of things.
In front of an announced attendance of 44, 212 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton Alberta. Mexico was able to cut into the lead after a late goal from Hector Herrera in the 90th minute. But a huge save from Milan Borjan at the goal line would seal all 3 points for Canada vs Mexico.
Lineups, News, and Notes For Canada Vs Mexico
Head coach John Herdman would make four changes to the Canadian Lineup that beat Costa Rica 1-0 on Friday night. Milan Borjan would remain in the net for Canada with Alastair Johnston, Doneil Henry, and Kamal Miller at the back in a 3-4-3. Richea Laryea, Stephen Eustáquio, the veteran Atiba Hutchinson, and Sam Adekugbe patrolling the midfield.
Tajon Buchanan, Cyle Larin, and Alphonso Davies would start up top in an attacking role for the Canada Men’s National Team. Lots of options off the bench for Herdman with Jonathan David, Lucas Cavallini, and Jonathon Osorio are all available as substitutions.
Mexico and Gerardo Martino would make 3 changes to the side that fell 2-0 to the United States. Guillermo Ochoa would start in the net and wear the captain’s armband in front of a 5-3-2 (3-5-2) formation. Néstor Araújo, Julio Dominguez, and Johan Vasquez would play the backline for Mexico from right to left. Jorge Sanchez, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera and Jesús Gallardo in the midfield. Mexico would look to get attack from Obelin Pineda, Raul Jiménez and Hirving Lozano up top.
A Slow 1st Half In The Cold Ends With A Late Canada Goal
Mexico would kick things off to open the 1st half for Canada vs Mexico. Doneil Henry would try and set the tone for Canada with a hard aerial foul on Lozano. He would remain down on the cold pitch for several minutes but would be alright to continue. Mexico would stay on the attack in the opening 5 minutes. A cross was floated into the box but was over everyone and ran out for a Canada throw. Mario Escobar had his whistle out early and often for both sides. Canada would get their first taste of possession and Mexico would return the favor with a foul of their own.
Canada turned the ball over as we moved into the 7th minute but won it back and tried to find Buchanan long down the right side. It was too long and Mexico would take over briefly. A bad pass and Canada would take over and work it around the back looking for space against the Mexican backline. It was stolen by the visiting side as the home fans picked up in volume. Henry would be called for another foul in the 8th minute and he would get a talking to from Escobar. No card was shown as Mexico would take over with the free-kick.
They would take their time with it before turning it over to Miller down the right side. Canada would try and counter-attack but Mexico was able to get back and disrupt the attempt. The match moved into the 11th minute as both teams tried to find their footing on the cold pitch. A bad pass from Mexico gave Canada a thrown down the left side and Davies and Adekugbe would try and go to work. A cross into the box but it had gone just out of touch before Adekugbe was able to cross it in.
Henry would finally see a yellow card in the 13th minute after pulling back Herrera. It was probably 3 or 4 fouls too late but Canada wouldn’t complain. Canada would give up another cheap foul before winning the ball back and clearing it down to the Mexican keeper. Hutchinson would win a free-kick for Canada as the score remained 0-0 into the 15th minute. Some nice work from Eustáquio to get to the ball first and Lozano was forced into a challenge. He was shown a yellow card for his hard tackle.
The teams would trade possession before Canada could slow things down after a foul on Tajon Buchanan. Mexico was pressing high and didn’t leave very much time for the backline of Canada to pick out passes. A long attempt would run out of touch for a Mexico throw. The turnovers and fouls would continue for both sides as we moved into the 19th minute. Sanchez and Adekugbe would trade fouls before Canada tried to counter. It was played nicely by Mexico as the pass for Laryea from Buchanan was a bit too heavy and ran out for a goal kick.
Adekugbe was called for a foul on Pineda in the 20th minute and Mexico tried to attack. Jiménez tried to break in but was a step offside and Canada would take over. The home side would go on the attack and win the first corner of the match. Adekugbe would cross the ball into the box and Vásquez would send it out the back of the box. Davies would send the ball in and Ochoa was able to punch away the 1st phase. Canada stayed on the attack but the ball was floated too close and Ochoa was able to grab the ball and slow things down.
Canada would take control as the 1st half moved into the 24th minute. Some nice passing would lead to a Cyle Larin shot from just outside the box but it was easy save for Ochoa. Mexico would control momentarily before Buchanan made a nice play to win a Canada throw. Johnston would switch play and Canada would try down the left side before reversing play and going up the middle to Larin. He was shoved from behind by Domínguez and Canada had a free-kick. They would waste it and Mexico would take over control once again.
Mexico would get their first chance of the match as Gallardo would beat his man down the left side. His cross was far too close and Borjan was able to grab it for Canada vs Mexico much to the dismay of Gerardo Martino. Canada would win another free kick in the 28th minute after Laryea was taken down. The home side was looking more dangerous but the 5 at the back from Mexico was hard to break through. Mexico would counter quickly and Lozano and Herrera did some nice work but Alistair Johnston was able to get a foot in and Canada was able to clear the box.
Borjan would kill some time in the 30th minute as he went down for treatment. The play would resume and Canada would turn it over to Mexico. Several crosses into the box but Canada was back and structured defensively. The cross would slowly come to Borjan who would immediately kick it out of touch. Mexico would control and Jimenez would win a foul on Johnston. Mexico gave the ball right back to Canada with a foul on Laryea. Both teams were struggling to string together passes as the ball went back and forth.
Mexico tried to find Lozano on a run behind the Canadian defenders but Borjan was quick off his line. Play got going quickly and Buchanan would attack for Canada down the left side. Some nice defending by Domínguez would send it out for a corner. Eustáquio would send the ball in but Jiménez would clear the ball away. A foul by Canada and Herdman would make an early change bringing on Steven Vitória for Henry in the 38th minute. The turnovers would continue for both sides as the match restarted.
With just 5 minutes plus stoppage time left in the 1st half Mexico was happy to play the road game. They would win a throw down the left side in the 42nd minute and Gallardo would try and pick out a player in the box. It would go out for another throw but this time Canada was able to clear it to half. Buchanan would have a shot from a distance from the top of the box but got under the ball and it would go over the net for a goal kick. Mexico would go back on the attack and win their first corner of the match.
A great run from Jiménez and his cross was cleared out of touch. Mexico would deliver the cross into the box but Larin was able to clear before Canada would a free-kick. Canada would win a free kick in their own half as the 4th official signaled an additional 3 minutes of stoppage time. Adekugbe would do some work down the left side and cross the ball into the box but it was over everyone’s heads. Canada would strike off a turnover out of nowhere. The ball would come to Johnston who let go a shot from a distance that handcuffed Ochoa. Cyle Larin was first to the rebound to give Canada the 1-0 lead.
It was a great finish to the half for Canada vs Mexico as the halftime whistle would go shortly after. The Edmonton fans were on their feet as Canada looked to get to the top of the CONCACAF table.
Canada Vs Mexico Trade 2nd Half Goals And Fouls For A Crazy 2-1 Finish
Two changes for Gerardo Martino at half bringing on Roberto Alvarado and Jesus Corona to replace Lozano and Dominguez. Canada kicked things off and would get the first chance of the half. Buchanan would race down the right side and cut the ball into the box looking for Davies but Araújo was able to clear for Mexico. The visiting side would get a chance of their own in the 48th minute but the cross was too close to Borjan and he was able to grab it.
Mexico would move back in looking for the tieing goal but Vitória was able to step in and clear the danger. Canada would give up a free-kick after Laryea was called for a hard foul on Pineda but the cross was cleared. Canada would get a brilliant chance to counter but Buchanan wasn’t able to find davies on the clear 2 on 1 attack. It was cut short and Mexico could clear the danger. Davies would come in once again in the 50th minute but a nice piece of defending from Araujo would stop the attack.
It was very clear the message was to keep pressing from John Herdman at the half. Canada would win a free kick and bring players forward. Stephen Eustáquio would deliver a beautiful ball into the back of the box and Cyle Larin would get on the end of the 2nd goal of the match. Just like that Canada had a huge 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute. It was everything Canada vs Mexico could have hoped for and the crowd was behind them.
Canada would win a free kick as the match moved into the 55th minute. Davies would send it long over everyone and out for a Mexico goal-kick. The back and forth play would resume as Mexico tried to find its bearings. Canada would defend well and kill more minutes with a throw as Martino looked to make another change. A turnover from Eustáquio would give the ball back to Mexico as things moved past the 57th minute. Mexico would get a great chance from a Corona cross. It was flicked on nicely by Alvarado but Borjan was equal to the task.
Martino would make his change in the 59th minute bringing on Sebastian Córdova for Pineda. Mexico would win a free kick in their own end and try and work it around and find some channels against the Canadian defense. Canada was strong on the back end and Adekugbe would win it back before a long shot came to Borjan. He would send it forward before the whistle would come out from Escobar once again. Buchanan would win a foul on Alvarado in the attacking half but the cross was cleared. It looked like Laryea was taken down on the 2nd phase but Esocabar was right there to wave him up.
Canada would stay on the attack despite the booing from the crowd. Canada vs Mexico would regain possession in their own half in the 64th minute. It was quickly turnover over but neither team could hold onto the ball. Canada would drop their line with just 25 minutes to go as Herdman looked to make changes. Mexico would attack and cross it in front of Borjan. The ball would run out the other side and Corona would find Alvarado but his shot was saved by Borjan. Canada would come back on the attack and Davies was taken down but nothing would come of the challenge.
Mexico would counter and get another shot off from distance but it was saved again from Borjan. Davies would be alright and play would resume with Canada attacking down the left side. Finally a foul would be called against Canada as Eustáquio would shoulder barge through the back of Córdova. Mexico would turn it over and Buchanan would try and find Davies off to the races. Ochoa had to come off his line to beat Davies to the ball and clear it away. Mexico would win a set-piece and move their players forward, It was cleared away for a corner kick by Larin.
Larin would clear the ensuing corner but Mexico would attack the 2nd phase. It was delivered in nicely and Larin had to clear the danger once again for another Mexico corner kick. It was sent to the front of the box and the counter-attack was on for Canada. Richea Laryea was off to the races before being pulled back by Gallardo. Escobar would play the advantage but it was a clear yellow card. Herdman would make a change at the 73rd-minute mark bringing on Jonathan David for Larin. Canada would take the free-kick but Mexico was able to clear initially.
Martino would make another change bringing on Andres Guardado for Alvarez in the 74th minute. Canada would win a throw down the left side and try to extend on their 2-0 lead. Laryea wasn’t able to win it and Mexico was able to regroup momentarily before turning it over. David would win a free-kick and Canada could take more time off the clock. A sloppy pass and Escobar would play the advantage to Mexico. It was a cheap foul but Canada wasn’t complaining. For the time being anyways as Mexico would come back on the attack.
An attempted shot from Jiménez from distance was just over the net and the score remained 0-0 in the 77th minute. Adekugbe would try down the left side for Canada but would get dispossessed and turn the ball over. Time was running out for Mexico to get something out of the match. Canada was doing a great job of keeping everyone back and trying to counter with David and Davies when they had a chance. Canada would win a throw down the right side but give it right back to Mexico in the 80th minute.
Araújo would try a long ball looking for Corona but it was a bit heavy and out for a Canada throw. Adekugbe would throw it right to Mexico would work it back in and win a corner kick. Córdova would drive it into the box but it was cleared away by Vitória. Davies would try and counter but Mexico would get to the ball first and play it back to Ochoa. Mexico would try another floating cross but Borjan was quicker than the Mexican attackers. David would do some good work to win Canada a pair of free kicks as the match moved into the 83rd minute.
Things would slow down to Canada’s liking as the match moved closer to the final whistle. After being down on the pitch for some time David would need to be replaced due to an injury. Canada would win a corner kick down the left side after some great work from Alphonso Davies. Eustáquio would send the ball but it was cleared away by Mexico down to the halfway line. The visiting side was able to win the ball and streak in on the attack. A cross from Jiménez tested the Canadian Keeper but he was equal to the task in the 88th minute.
John Herdman would make another two changes replacing Alphonso Davies with a loud ovation and Jonathan David with an injury. Lucas Cavallini and Jonathan Osorio would see the remaining 2 minutes plus stoppage time as Mexico remained in possession. Mexico would respond in the 90th minute with some great work down the right side by Sanchez. He would make a nice pass to Corona who would cross it perfectly into Herrera and he was able to head it past Borjan to cut the lead in half. Canada would get things started and hit the turf to waste time.
Canada vs Mexico would come down to the final moments as the away side would press. Corona would cross it into the box and Hutchinson was forced to clear it for a corner. It was a great cross and flicked towards the back post. It looked like Mexico had tied things up but Milan Borjan was able to stop it off the line and Canada was able to scramble and clear. The attack would continue as the added time would tick away. Mexico was back in on the attack and Corona would get a chance to fire it on the net but it was blocked. Another chance from Cordova but Borjan was able to stop it and clear.
Cavallini would do some nice work to win a corner kick for Canada in the final minutes and they could kill the rest of the match. Things would get testy between Cavallini and Araújo as they waited for the play to restart. Araújo would take a dirty shot at Cavallini that saw him receive a late yellow card but it didn’t matter as referee Escobar would blow the final whistle and Canada would hold on to the 2-1 win.
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
Canada wins and vaults itself to the top of the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying table. The match was a bit more nervous than it needed to be and we can all thank our sweatpant savior for keeping the match 2-1 for Canada vs Mexico in the late stages. The match had a bit of everything as snow and bodies were flying all evening. We even got a CBC Canada Heritage moment.
The Unnamed Save Of The Match
Milan Borjan was busy but didn’t have any real tests until late in the match. He was “Johnny SweatPants” on the spot and kept the ball off the line late to preserve the 2-1 victory.
The Unnamed Blast From The Past
Everyone remembers these if they grew up in Canada. From a house hippo to important cultural and sporting events. Canadian Heritage Minutes shaped us all! And as a part of our Canadian history, they will continue to do so.
Sports Talk Line And World Cup Qualifying
With the 2-1 Canada vs Mexico victory, the reds sit atop of the table in CONCACAF qualifying with 16 points. Things aren’t done just yet but Canada does control their own fate when it comes to qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
The next World Cup Qualifying window won’t come until the new year. Canada has 6 matches left through 2 windows. They will travel to Honduras before a home match against the United States and finally away at El Salvador to end the first window. Costa Rica, Jamaica at home, and finishing off things with an away date at Panama. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 For more news about the Canada Men’s National Team. Check back regularly to the Sports Talk Line website for all the latest from the world of sports.
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