Mexico’s World Cup fate will be decided Friday in the Azteca.
With the weight of a country resting on its shoulders, Mexico will have to fight for a spot in Brazil 2014.
It will take nerves of steel for El Tri to overcome its demons. With the defeat in the Azteca still present with fans, El Tri will have to comeback swinging to disprove its critics.
A sour campaign has left fans speechless. In any other occasion the Azteca would swallow the opposition whole. But Friday is not like any other day.
Pulling teeth will be less painful than the 90-minutes to come. The sweat will fall from both players and fans.
El Tri will face off against Panama for a ticket to New Zealand. As a playoff “Down Under” may be El Tri’s only route to Brazil 2014.
Direct qualification has drifted out of El Tri’s reach. Honduras sitting above Panama and El Tri could book a ticket to Brazil with a victory over Costa Rica. That is if Mexico and Panama draw in the Azteca as well.
Terrible performances against Honduras and the United States have left El Tri in fifth place and out of World Cup contention.
Still, Mexico has one last chance to join the festivities. One step at a time Mexico must take on its hurdles. New Zealand is still far from sight.
Panama is priority number one.
Panama has been a feisty side all year. Obtaining two luxurious victories over Mexico in the Gold Cup 2013. Beating Mexico once in the group stage and then again in the semifinal.
Now, El Tri should be hungry to return the favor.
The arrival of Victor Manuel Vucetich will be a much-needed boost. A new motor to guide El Tri. But, how well El Tri functions under Vucetich is still yet to be seen.
El Tri fans would have never expected to be vying for fourth in the Hexagonal. It is a devastating to ponder the possibility of missing out on a World Cup.
Fans dread the thought.
What will be Mexico’s reality? What will be the fans reality?
Mexico’s World Cup fate will soon be decided. Whether it is a glorious remount or a devastating failure.