Mexico came from a goal down in style by beating Trinidad and Tobago 3-1 on Friday to inch closer to their objective of finishing the CONCACAF Hexagonal unbeaten and in first place.
With Mexico already qualified to next year’s World Cup and Trinidad and Tobago eliminated, this was nothing more than a routine game. However, the tone was set long before the initial whistle, with fans at the Estadio Alfonso Lastras paying homage to the victims and first responders of the tragic earthquakes that struck the country a few weeks ago.
As expected, the first half was full of Mexico possession, but El Tri lacked the creativity to reap the rewards. Several strong build-ups were let down by a poor final ball, and it wasn't until the second half that Mexico looked more solid going forward.
But it was Trinidad and Tobago who would take a shock lead in the 66th minute when a long ball from the Caribbean side ended with Shahdon Winchester getting the best of Diego Reyes to score the breakthrough.
⚽ | ¡GOLAZO! Winchester sorprende a México y abre el marcador a favor de Trinidad y Tobago. MEX 0-0 TRI https://t.co/i0NWtnEq5X pic.twitter.com/5F0skamRvO— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) October 7, 2017
In the 78th minute, after Juan Carlos Osorio threw on all three of his substitutions, Mexico grabbed the equalizer when a teasing cross from Miguel Layun was fired home by substitute Hirving Lozano.
⚽ | ¡GOLAZO! En gran jugada colectiva el ‘Chucky’ empata el partido. MEX 1-1 TRI https://t.co/i0NWtnEq5X pic.twitter.com/zz5eVuwx1z— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) October 7, 2017
The game then turned on its head, with an industrious Mexico looking desperately for a winner. With two minutes to go, Jesus Manuel “Tecatito” Corona escaped down the left-hand-side, forcing a save out of the opposing goalkeeper. Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez was there to head home the rebound and complete the comeback.
⚽ | ¡GOOOOOOOL! 'Chicharito' de cabeza le da la ventaja a México a pocos minutos del final. MEX 2-1 TRI https://t.co/i0NWtnEq5X pic.twitter.com/SGUcykwdux— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) October 7, 2017
And there could be no mistaking the elation in the Alfonso Lastras when in the last play of the game Hector Herrera drilled a superb free-kick to seal the 3-1 win.
⚽ | ¡GOLAZO! ‘H.H’ le pone la cereza al pastel y marca el tercero con un tiro libre como los dioses. pic.twitter.com/tO2MirdMYZ— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) October 7, 2017