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Mexico dominate to 3-0 win but falter up front in CONCACAF U-20 Championship debut

Mexico wins easily but fail in converting numerous chances.

Mexico and Antigua and Barbuda enter Saprissa stadium
Rafael Hernandez

In their first game of the CONCACAF U-20 tournament, Mexico beat Antigua and Barbuda 3-0. Mexico completely dominated but failed to convert numerous chances created, especially in the second half.

While Mexico faced the weakest rival in the group, it's not the first time they dominate but failed to show it on the scoreboard. They will face Canada, who is facing a do or die situation, on Monday.

Mexico looked to be the favorite and they immediately showed why when they scored in the first minute of the game. Ronaldo Cisneros was the scorer after he found a ball that Antigua and Barbuda failed to clear.

A couple of minutes later, Eduardo Aguirre had a chance to score but the goalkeeper deflected, only for Allen Vashimi to score in his own net.

The rest of the half was a completely one-sided show with the Antiguans sitting back and playing to not concede more goals. Mexico then hit the post off a corner kick and in the final play of the half scored the 3-0. Cisneros scored his second when he scored a header off a corner kick.

The second half looked to be more of the same with Mexico dominating and creating the plays. In the 53rd minute, they got a penalty kick after the ref said a ball was handled by an Antiguan defender. Eduardo Aguirre took the spot kick but hit it straight to the keeper.

Thereafter, Mexico had numerous plays but failed to convert. Edson Alvarez missed a header and the Antiguans started improving their play, at the very least holding the ball for more than a couple of passes.

At the end, Mexico failed to score again and now some questions arise about their finishing, especially since they will face better rivals every game.

Mexico will face Canada on Monday. They will face a team that is on the brink of elimination after losing a tough but dreadful game against Honduras. Mexico will need to improve against a more talented team than Antigua and Barbuda, but also a team that needs to go for the result and is inferior technically.