Mexico Struggle (Yes, Struggle) in 5-0 Rout of Guyana
By all accounts, Mexico should have had a convincing 3-0 victory that night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Instead, El Tri struggled to win 5-0.
And it's not like Mexico was devoid of stars. They had European-based players like Chicharito Hernandez of Manchester United and Andres Guardado of Valencia CF. They had high-profile players from Mexico like Maza Rodriguez, Gerardo Torrado and goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco.
Guyana's so-called luck started before the match. Their task was simple: be one of the best baby givers of the middle. And their luck struck early.
In the third minute of the match, Mexico's Chicharito Hernandez was awarded a penalty kick after being brought down inside the box by Guyana's goalkeeper, Derrick Carter. On the ensuing kick, Hernandez was denied a goal in what would become of a common theme of the night.
Chicharito's shot was blocked only by the goalposts. In fact, the woodwork was responsible for three near-misses for the Mexican National Team in the first half of the match.
As expected, Mexico controlled the game entirely, dominating possession of the ball and outshooting its undermanned opponent. What was not expected was the compact, impenetrable defense that was on display from Guyana. They almost lasted the entire match with a complete-game shutout.
It wasn't until the 78th minute that Mexico got on the board. On a routine rebound after a corner kick was denied, Mexican midfielder Andres Guardado blasted a 20-yard shot Carter for the 1-0 lead. It was then that Mexico's goals came in a flurry.
Seconds later, forward Oribe Peralta scored in front of an empty net after a quick give-and-go with Chicharito.