“The victory makes me calm,” said Vucetich in the post-game press conference, following his debut on Mexico’s bench. “What we lacked is coordination in plays, but there is time to continue improving.”
The 2-1 victory in Estadio Azteca means Mexico just needs a tie in Tuesday’s final Hexagonal game in Costa Rica to secure fourth position and a playoff in November against New Zealand.
A victory could open the door to an automatic spot should El Tri win and Honduras slip up in Jamaica, while a loss leaves the possibility of Panama catching Mexico and snatching the playoff spot.
The bottom line is that nothing is yet certain and Vucetich is fully aware of that.
“We still need to win the next game (in Costa Rica) to have the opportunity to get into the playoff,” he said.
But the tense night belonged to Jimenez, whose goal Vucetich described as “spectacular, without any doubt.”