Mexico topped Group C of the 2017 Gold Cup after masterminding a 2-0 victory over Curaçao on Sunday.
The result, which came right after Jamaica’s 1-1 draw with El Salvador, ensured Mexico set up a quarterfinal clash with Honduras.
El Tri started the game at fierce pace, with Curaçao opting to sit back. Despite having more of the ball possession, however, Mexico were struggling to get much joy from a well-drilled Curacao defense.
Mexico did eventually score the breakthrough in the 22nd minute as Angel Sepulveda fired in a superb cross from Raul “Dedos” Lopez.
Así abrió el marcador Sepúlveda con un gran cabezazo. #CUW 0-1 #MEX pic.twitter.com/MOmfiUR4lJ— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) July 17, 2017
The break sparked a brief spell of pressure that saw Curaçao strike the woodwork twice and force Jose de Jesus into action.
Mexico then brought on Elias Hernandez, as El Tri looked to revive their hopes of scoring a second. The same player soon started to threaten, helping Mexico take back control of the game.
Mexico’s second didn’t arrive until added time when a cleared Elias Hernandez cross landed for Edson Alvarez to smash in for the final 2-0 scoreline.
Así marcó Edson Álvarez el segundo para México. #CUW 0-2 #MEX pic.twitter.com/EpUBop5xX7— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) July 17, 2017
Mexico next take the field on Thursday when they face Honduras for a place in the semifinals.