After a close to a year of drowning in frustration, Mexico resuscitated in a 4-1 victory over the Ivory Coast at Metlife stadium in New Jersey Wednesday night. El Tri exhibited no difficulty in finding the back of the net. The affluent score line will come as a sigh of relief for fans, as a primary dilemma for El Tri this year has been the absence of goals.
Mexican manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” De La Torre will be at ease to know that they are not entirely dependent on Manchester United striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. Olympic gold winner and Santos Laguna striker Oribe Peralta struck twice as well as contributed the auto goal that came off the opposition; Veracruz striker Angel Reyna also added to the tally to cap off the night.
Not even Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba could spoil Mexico’s night.
But celebrations must be cut short as Mexico is yet to qualify for Brazil 2014. Mexico should take this victory over the Ivory Coast as a step in the right direction and not much more than that.
Chepo De La Torres’s side will utilize the poised showing over Les Elephants as momentum for the remaining World Cup qualifiers.
So what’s the dilemma?
The game against the Ivory Coast will be nothing like the game that awaits El Tri in September. Les Elephants, unfamiliar with Mexico’s style of play came out to challenge El Tri. They attacked every chance they got. Opening space for El Tri to develop an attack. On the contrary, Hexagonal rivals Honduras more familiar with El Tri will defend for their lives and hope to strike on the counter.
It is a style of play more and more CONCACAF teams are learning to employ on Mexico. And who can blame them if it acquires results.
Mexico will hope to take some of the bright spots of Wednesday night into September’s qualifiers.
Angel Reyna had a promising showing and was a headache for defenders on the flanks. His penetration provided the perfect link up that lead to two of the goals.
Oribe Peralta proved that he is not in a goal slump and is ready to produce when called upon.
Cruz Azul goal keeper Jesus Corona proved once again why De La Torre favors him over Ajaccio goalie Guillermo Ochoa. And of course Villarreal striker Giovani Dos Santos continues to perform for Mexico like no other; he is the spark that lights up the attack every time he plays.
With the incorporation of Hernandez and the possible return of Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela looming, El Tri will hope to seal a ticket to Brazil as soon as possible and find its way back to the top of the CONCACAF.