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July 11, 2013
• CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
Referee: J. Aguilar
• Attendance: 28354
R. Jiménez 42'
M. Fabián 57'
90' + 2'
That's the game. Mexico wins 2-0 over Canada here in Seattle.
Now it's Mexico's chance to hit the bar. On a counterattack, Orozco pinged a header off the crossbeam.
Well that was something. Off a free kick just a few feet outside the box, De Jong hammered a free kick off the upright. Orozco's goal frame was rattling something fierce.
Yellow Card L. Montes
Montes picked up a booking. The midfielder has done his duties this game, folding into the formation and creating when necessary in attack. Mexico's just riding out the final few minutes here.
Canada's position is tenuous at best. Barring a blowout win against Panama (which has beaten Mexico and Martinique), the Canucks will bow out in the group stages.
In all honesty, this game hasn't been very good. But looks like Mexico will drag three points out of it. A positive result against Martinique should put El Tri in the knockout rounds. In these tournaments, it's about surviving the group stages and going on a roll after that.
Keven Aleman replaces Bekker. He's now cap-tied to Canada.
Announced attendance: 28,354. Not bad. Beats the Mariners game earlier in the day.
The crowd cheered as Marco Fabian came off. Javier Orozco replaced him with a dozen minutes remaining.
Mexico is pretty content to see this one out from here. Canada has struggled all game and likely won't break down a deep El Tri posture without Haber from free kicks.
Rafael Márquez Lugo
Miguel Ponce replaces Marquez Lugo. Fabian will go up top with Ponce adding a bit of safety to the formation on the left.
Bekker skimmed a free kick over everyone in the box. He holds his bleach-blond head in frustration.
The Mexico fans here, fittingly, doing the Mexican wave.
Yellow Card David Edgar
Edgar picked up a well-deserved yellow for kicking the torso of Jimenez. His foot was as high as Jimenez's chest, and the Club America player isn't short by any stretch.
Kyle Porter replaces Nakajima-Farran.
Penalty Goal M. Fabián
GOAL. Undeterred by the legitimacy of his claims, Fabian thumped a low penalty to Borjan's right and scored the game's second goal.
PENALTY. Montes backheeled the ball to let it flow through to Marquez Lugo. The Guadalajara striker threaded a pass through the two Canada central defenders and Fabian went down. Replays showed no contact.
Enriquez can't continue. He was probably Mexico's most dynamic player in the first half. Castro replaces him.
Mexico has sat deeper to begin the second half. Perhaps frustrated, Fabian blasted a shot from nearly 40 yards that didn't much trouble Borjan.
Nakajima-Farran did a few step-overs to shake Huiqui and crossed, but Valenzuela cleared. Now Enriquez is down injured.
And we're off for the second half. El Tri kicks off.
Uh oh. Hber comes off for the second half. Ricketts replaces him.
The teams are slowly making their way back onto the field. Another 45 more minutes in this one, and it's difficult to imagine Canada breaking through on anything but a set piece.
Haber looked to be struggling when the half ended. Keep an eye on his fitness - Canada won't create much without him. The only striker on the bench is Tosaint Ricketts.
45' + 1'
That goal, by the way, was Jimenez's first with the full national team. And the ref whistles for half with Mexico 1-0 ahead.
This half looked headed toward a goalless end until Mexico pulled off a set piece goal. El Tri isn't savoring the ball as much as past editions -- more direct and clumsy than usual versions. Goals all count the same though.
GOAL! Mexico finally breaks through, and it's from a set piece. Enriquez flicked a low Montes corner into the air, and Jimenez dove forward to head home.
Assist Jorge Enríquez
Goal R. Jiménez
That was the best chance of the game thus far. A deflected cross bounced to Fabian, who skipped inside the box and drilled a shot on frame. Borjan's boot kept it out.
After the initial bout of pressure, Mexico's tempo has dropped and the team still doesn't seem to have ideas how to pry Canada open.
There's that combo again: Bekker slingshots a free kick toward Haber, only this time a defensive deflection nullifies the danger. Those two have been the only threats for Canada in attack.
Looks like Huiqui and Valenzuela have swapped spots briefly.
Well that was a chance. Bekker pumped a free kick into the box. Haber nodded it down toward the corner, and Orozco had to scoot over quickly to touch it out for a corner.
Mexico looks better than it did against Panama, but not by much. Marquez Lugo keeps dropping into midfield to get the ball. Still haven't snuck behind the Canuck defense.
Running onto a Layun cross, Jimenez caught Borjan. The goalkeeper is down receiving treatment on his thigh.
Mexico is taking shots frequently and pushing passes when perhaps holding onto possession and carving open Canada might prove more effective. Not hard to understand why El Tri would want a quick goal, though, to settle the nerves.
With the fullbacks pushing very high once Mexico has possession, Enriquez is dropping near his central defenders to ward off counterattacks. Chaton looks energetic and influential thus far.
Mexico has held possession and is testing the Canuck back line with quick passes. The last chance came from a ball over the top, though, with Marquez Lugo unable to meet it at the far post.
Canada put its first shot on goal. Bekker rolled the ball forward to Haber from the flank. Despite a nearly impossible angle, Haber shot straight at Orozco.
Thus far it looks like a 4-2-2-2 for Mexico. Montes is playing on the right with Fabian drifting left.
From a free kick just outside the box, Fabian drilled a shot on target. Borjan punched it clear for a corner.
Layun, by the way, is making his El Tri debut. He's a Spanish citizen who recently won the Liga MX with Club America.
Layun dribbles down the right and wins a corner. It popped up in the Canada bux, but eventually De Guzman went down and the Canucks got a free kick out of it.
Kickoff! We're off. Canada in white, Mexico in black.
We just wrapped up the national anthems. Mostly silence for "Oh, Canada" but the crowd sung along to Mexico's quite loudly.
Canada is hurting on the injury front. Will Johnson returned to Portland and Russell Teibert was laid low by illness.
CenturyLink has a turf field, but they diligently water it before and between games. Play should be nice and slick.
Attendance was sparse for the opening match, in which Panama beat Martinique 2-0, but the lower bowl is starting to fill up. Stadium employees are expecting about 20,000 here tonight. Aside from a small triangle of Canuck fans, everyone is wearing green in support of Mexico.
Canada: Borjan; Ledgerwood, Edgar, Henry, De Jong; De Guzman, Piette; Bekker, Osorio, Nakajima-Farran; Haber.
Lineups are in. Mexico looks to have shifted to a 4-4-2 formation, with winger Luis Montes entering. Miguel Layun enters at right back. El Tri: Orozco; Layun, Valenzuela, Huiqui, Aldrete; Fabian, Velarde, Enriquez, Montes; Marquez Lugo, Raul Jimenez.
These teams lost their opening fixtures in the Rose Bowl. However, even a defeat here tonight won't eliminate either side. The top two third-placed teams from the group stages advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals. It's possible to go through with only three points.
Hello there. This is Zac Lee Rigg, tucked away in the press box of CenturyLink Field in Seattle. I'll be chatting you through this showdown match between Mexico and Canda.
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