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2014 World Cup Aftermath: Mexico, Trapped In Knockout Stage

2014 World Cup Aftermath: Mexico, Trapped In Knockout Stage

Despite its lackluster performance during the qualifiers, Mexico was able to advance to the Round of 16. But the curse of this stage continued to haunt El Tri, thus, forcing them to endure another depressing exit.

 

Recap

Early into the tournament, world cup betting odds barely favored Mexico. This is not surprising considering that they almost missed the competition.

 

However, El Tri defied the odds. The squad advanced into the Round of 16, unscathed. It destroyed Cameroon’s hopes, it demolished Croatia and held the host, Brazil to a scoreless stalemate to make it to the next stage.

 

Unfortunately, a late minute thriller from Netherlands ended El Tri’s journey in Brazil. Indeed, the squad exits the tournament with a hero’s welcome waiting for them at home.

 

Where it went wrong

Mexico has its share of shortcomings in the Round of 16 that eventually led to their painful and heartbreaking defeat. But considering the fact that they had a stronger finish today than in 2010, lessens the disappointment that the said loss brings.

 

Nothing can be said to El Tri’s performance during the group stage. It was impressive. It was outstanding. It was superb. The squad almost lost their spot during the qualifiers and suddenly, they were fighting for a spot in the quarter-finals. The (unexpected) rise gave its supporters all the possible reasons to look forward to that moment where they can overcome the curse of the knockout stage.

 

The dream of advancing became even more pronounced when Giovanni dos Santos gave Mexico the lead. They dominated the match against Netherlands for quite some time, but a last minute substitution crashed El Tri’s dream.

 

Shortly after dos Santos netted the goal, a rampaging Netherlands took over of the possession. They kept the ball to their side and if not for a fantastic Guillermo Ochoa, whose rapid reactions and out of this world saves, the match could have ended early.

 

Adding grit to the Mexican defence was its resilient skipper, Rafael Marquez. Marquez’s fearless tackles brought  back the momentum each time Netherlands threatened to score. He was the one who would save the ball, use the time to their advantage and bring back the momentum to the Mexican camp.

 

Sadly, Mexico cracked. The pressure became was simply too intense. With less than four (4) minutes before they are declared as the winner, Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder scored the equalizer. Ochoa collapsed. And in an effort to prevent an unstoppable Arjen Robben, Marquez’s hard tackle went overboard. The stadium, which was initially filled by loud chants of ole-ole-ole was replaced by a rambunctious cry of victory. Netherlands advanced to the quarter-finals.

 

Onward to 2018

Miguel Herrera took the Mexican job when the squad was on the brink of exiting the qualifiers.

 

With the little time that he has, certainly, this man did one of the best coaching miracles ever witnessed in footballing history. Mexico may have lost today, but their recent defeat is a million dollar scar that will hone them into the champions that they are—and with Herrera’s help, who knows what Mexico can still achieve.

 
 
 
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