Mexico lost 2-0 versus Denmark in what was their last preparatory match before the World Cup. What seemed like a great opportunity to show they improved from their last match against Scotland looked as if they took a step backwards. The defense looked a bit nervous from the start of the match and it showed all throughout the game.
Mexico goalkeeper, Guillermo Ochoa, had to make a couple of saves in the first half to keep Denmark from scoring. In the 27th minute, Mexico gave up a ball in their own half which gave Denmark’s Thomas Delaney a one on one opportunity against Ochoa. However, Ochoa stood strong and reacted quickly to keep out Delaney’s half chipped shot.
Mexico would later take possession of the match, but they lacked creativity to open up spaces and create chances for their forwards. Hector Herrera was Mexico’s only player that showed more determination to create chances and looked the sharpest out on the pitch.
The second half told a completely different story with Mexico making six changes: three of them coming right at the start of second half and the other three coming at the 60th minute mark. The substitutions made the team look more sluggish at the back starting from the midfield. Once all the changes were made, it took Denmark ten minutes to score the first goal of the night.
Denmark’s Christian Eriksen took advantage of a loose ball from Mexico’s midfielder, Marco Fabian, and assisted Yussuf Yuray Poulsen to score a curving left-footed shot from outside of the box into the top corner. There was nothing Ochoa could have done to stop Poulsen’s shot from going in.
Three minutes later, Eriksen ran in through an open space between defenders to be set up by a throw-in. Eriksen was left with a one on one chance against Ochoa, but this time there was nothing Ochoa could do and Eriksen shot it hard and low to score the last goal of the night. Javier Hernandez would later have his chance after coming on for Oribe Peralta, but his shot would only hit the post.
Only days away from Mexico’s inaugural World Cup game and have yet convinced anyone, including themselves, that they have what it takes to compete against Germany in their first match.
The only hope that every Mexico fan has is that Mexico gets stronger and becomes a better team that can compete against anyone. They can only wish this is the case and Mexico goes on to the famous fifth game that they always seek to approach in every World Cup appearance.