The Mexico national team face their first real test before the 2018 FIFA World Cup when they take on Belgium on Friday. Mexico are taking this game with all the seriousness it deserves, as Juan Carlos Osorio’s men get ready to take on one of the best teams in Europe.
For the first time since 2014, El Tri travel to the other side of the pond and their first of two friendlies comes in the form of number five FIFA ranked Belgium. For many, Belgium are one of the favorites to surprise in next year’s World Cup, and this match serves as the perfect barometer to assess Mexico’s real level of play.
Belgium and Mexico last faced each other at the 1998 World Cup, where both teams finished drawn 2-2 after 90 minutes. Of course, lots has changed since both these teams last met, and the expectation for this match is that it will be a dynamic one. Both teams are not shy of controlling possession of the ball, and both coaches, Juan Carlos Osorio and Roberto Martinez, shared praise in their respective press conferences.
Unfortunately, Mexico will be without wide player Jesus Manuel “Tecatito” Corona, who will be absent from both friendlies for personal reasons. That said, Mexico’s squad is almost entirely unchanged from the past few call-ups, with the only exceptions being youngsters Uriel Antuna and Omar Govea.
Date: Friday, November 10
Time: 11:45 AM Pacific, 1:45 PM Central, 2:45 PM Eastern
Venue: Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
Television: Unimas (US-Spanish), Univision Deportes Network (US-Spanish), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), TDN (Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico), La Une (Belgium), Sporza Live (Belgium), Één (Belgium)
Listings via LiveSoccerTV.com.