It took the Under-17 national team's dominant performance to do so but Mexico snapped its string of youth national team failures Friday with a convincing 3-0 win over Guatemala in Tijuana.
With the victory, Mexico advanced to the Under-17 World Cup, which will be held this fall in Nigeria.
Kristian Alvarez scored two goals while Carlos Alberto Campos scored a
late insurance goal as Mexico completed their second rout in three days.
Mexico had previously failed to qualify for the 2009 Under-20 World
Cup, the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2007 Under-17 World Cup. The
senior team is also struggling in their attempt to qualify for South
But the teenagers did well to break that skid. It was not quite simple
at first, however. The match was scoreless until the 40th minute when
Alvarez struck gold. Campos took a set piece and found Alvarez inside
the penalty area, and the Mexican skipper powered a header into the
back of the goal.
Alvarez scored again a half-hour later. Alvarez knocked another header
into the back of the net, this time off a pass from Victor Mañon.
It was Mañon who helped create the final goal. Mañon was taken down
inside the penalty area by Guatemalan Alex Diaz. Campos converted the
ensuing spot kick and Mexico led 3-0 with five minutes remaining.
Mexico routed Trinidad & Tobago 7-0 on Wednesday and lead the group
with six points and a plus-10 goal differential. Mexico will close out
the group stage with a match against Costa Rica on Sunday.
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