Mexico vs Jamaica . With a convincing 3-0 semifinal victory over Jamaica in Las Vegas, Mexico advanced to the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, where they will face Panama on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
With a convincing 3-0 semifinal victory over Jamaica in Las Vegas, Mexico advanced to the 2023 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, where they will face Panama on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Henry Martin gave El Tri the lead after just two minutes, and Luis Chavez put the game away with a stunning left-footed free kick into the upper left corner. In stoppage time, Roberto ‘El Piojo’ Alvarado scored by tapping in from deep.
The game’s tempo was set by the opening goal, and Mexico effectively handled the outcome to frustrate a Jamaican team playing at full strength. Leon Bailey, Demarai Grey, and Michail Antonio, three Premier League talents who play for the Reggae Boyz, were unable to produce exciting chances that would have troubled Mexico custodian Memo Ochoa.
Mexico will compete for the continental title they last won in 2019, and they will be the favourites at SoFi Stadium against surprise finalists Panama, who defeated the United States on penalties in the semifinals.
The recovery under interim manager Jaime Lozano has been practically complete in just a few weeks since the humiliating 3-0 Nations League semifinal loss to the USA in June, which cost Diego Cocca his job. According to Mexican media, winning the Gold Cup trophy will be enough for Lozano to keep his job on a permanent basis.
Update of Mexico vs Jamaica
1st minute: We’re off. Jamaica quickly entered Mexico’s half, winning a free kick.
Mexico scores in the second minute! After the Jamaican set-piece, it’s a counter from Mexico, and Jesus Gallardo crosses from the left. Henry Martin is alone near the penalty spot, controls the ball, and scores. What a promising start for Mexico!
7th min.: Both teams are having a tense start to the game. The El Tri goal, on the other hand, had the audience – a smaller one than you’d think for this Mexico in Las Vegas – doing the wave in less than 10 minutes! The earliest wave ever recorded.
Mexico had a chance in the tenth minute! Erick ‘El Chiquito’ Sanchez is fed by Luis Romo just outside the Jamaica box, and Sanchez fires low, but Jamaica ‘keeper Andre Blake tips it for a corner. Nothing as a result of it.
Luis Romo is a deep midfielder. Erick Sanchez is the midfielder who is pushing the ball upfield the most.
The contest has reached a pause in the 20th minute. Right now, neither team can bother the other, but that doesn’t mean they’re not fighting for the ball. Jamaica’s deadly attackers are still very much in action.
23rd minute: Possibility Mexico! The ball is won by El Tri in the Jamaican half and ends up at the feet of Luis Chavez outside the box. With his amazing left foot, he goes for the extraordinary, but barely misses the frame.
Stoppage at the 27th minute. When the ball strikes the wandering spider cam above the pitch, the referee is forced to call a restart. Mexico provides it Return to Jamaica.
Mexico scores in the 30th minute! What a left-footed free-kick by Luis Chavez! He places it in the upper left corner of a set-piece. He couldn’t have struck it any better. With that left foot, he’s always a threat.
Injury interruption in the 37th minute. Right-back for Jamaica Javain Brown remains down following a challenge from Orbelin Pineda, who may have had his boot a little too high.
Kevon Lambert of Jamaica receives a YELLOW card in the 39th minute. This is the Reggae Boyz’s second card, following the carding of center-back Damion Lowe just before Luis Chavez’s goal.
44th minute: Neither team has any genuine powerful attacking buildups to speak of. Mexico simply wants to go into the locker room with a 2-0 lead.
45th min. : Two minutes of downtime.
Mexico leads Jamaica 2-0 at halftime.
Halftime: Mexico is in their sixth game of the Gold Cup, and they have a distinct identity. They came out of the gates on fire and scored within a minute. They were able to control the game from there on out, scoring another goal on a set piece.
But what’s astonishing is how Demarai Grey, Bobby Reid, and Michail Antonio haven’t caused any problems for Mexico, with the exception of one Demarai Grey shot that Mexico keeper Memo Ochoa easily stopped. In the first half, Mexico outshot Jamaica 9-1.
46th minute: The second half has begun. Jamaica replaces defensive midfielder Kevon Lambert, who received a yellow card, with powerful forward Shamar Nicholson.Demarai Grey will return to the midfield.
Mexico will have their hands full in the second half with Nicholson and Michail Antonio coming at them, as well as Grey, Bobby Reid, and Leon Bailey in support. The front five is aggressive.
51st min.: SUB Jamaica. With a new right-back in the game, Jamaica gets a second sub. Dexter Lembikisa replaces Javain Brown, who suffered a high boot to the foot in the first half.
55th minute: YELLOW card to Di’Shon Bernard of Jamaica, who chops down Henry Martin from behind. The Reggae Boyz have received their third caution card.
Uriel Antuna receives a YELLOW card in the 60th minute for a foul on Leon Bailey. According to the replays, Bailey kicks Antuna from the ground.
It took a long time to find things out.
63rd minute: The first half is continuing into the second half. Play was choppy, with many physical duels and a few yellow cards, but few serious chances. Meanwhile, Santi Gimenez and Charly Rodriguez have joined Mexico.
What a chance for Shamar Nicholson in the 68th minute! He knocked a Mexican defender off the ball, but then fired as hard as he could, and the shot went high.
Mexico SUBS in the 72nd minute. El Tri wants to finalise the deal right now. Edson Alvarez replaces Luis Chavez, who was hurt at the end of the last encounter. Uriel Antuna will be replaced on the wing by ‘Piojo’ Alvarado.
And the VAR is taking the 75th minute: Jamaica! Luis Romo of Mexico with a giveaway, and Michail Antonio gets a shot off in the box, but he can’t beat Memo Ochoa from a difficult angle.
Mexico had an opportunity in the 78th minute! Three in less than a minute. Santi Gimenez was called offside on one attack, and then El Tri got two more shots off in the Jamaica box.
SUBS: 85th minute Jamaica. The Reggae Boyz give it one more shot with two subs. Michail Antonio is among those who left.
Chance Jamaica in the 90th minute. Leon Bailey misses the upper left corner with a set-piece from outside the box. That felt like the Reggae Boyz’s last chance.
A total of four minutes have been added.
Goal in the 93rd minute Mexico! Jesus Gallardo breaks down the left side of the box and crosses into the middle, where ‘El Piojo’ Alvarado taps it home. The game is over. 3-0.