FINAL SCORE, Mexico 3, Iceland 0: Miguel Layun scored twice as the Mexico national team earned a 3-0 win over Iceland.
After a shaky first few minutes where Iceland twice tested Jose de Jesus Corona, El Tri grabbed the breakthrough a stunning free kick from Marco Fabian.
The second half was riddled with changes, including Hirving Lozano coming on at halftime. 20 minutes into the second period, Hirving Lozano took advantage of a mistake in the Iceland midfield to put Miguel Layun into space. The Sevilla fullback made no mistake to double the lead for Mexico.
With the clock winding down, there was still time for a Mexican third. Miguel Layun launched what appeared to be a bad cross that somehow floated above the opposing goalkeeper to seal the deal for Juan Carlos Osorio’s men.
Mexico next take the field on Tuesday when they take on Croatia at AT&T Stadium.
Mexico 3, Iceland 0: Another GOLAZO! Did he mean it or not?
#FechaFIFA: ¡Un verdadero GOLAZO! @Miguel_layun marca el tercero con un riflazo @miseleccionmx 3-0 @footballiceland #SoyMéxico Vamos México pic.twitter.com/MJUrrh1zEY— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) March 24, 2018
Mexico 2, Iceland 0: El Tri take advantage of a bad giveaway in the midfield, and Hirving “Chucky” Lozano finds Miguel Layun in space to double the lead for Mexico.
#FechaFIFA: ¡GOOOLAAAZOOO! @Miguel_layun marca el 2do para los mexicanos con una definición espectacular. Gran asistencia de Lozano.@miseleccionmx 2-0 @footballiceland #SoyMéxico Vamos México pic.twitter.com/ZFGgcEFbK8— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) March 24, 2018
Halftime Update: Despite looking shaky on the defensive side of the ball, Mexico have monopolized possession of the ball and take a one goal lead into the half. Jose de Jesus Corona twice came to El Tri’s rescue, but it was Mexico who took the lead through a Marco Fabian free kick golazo.
Mexico 1, Iceland 0: Golazo! Marco Fabian executes a perfect free-kick to give El Tri the lead.
#FechaFIFA: ¡GOLAZO! Con un tiro libre magistral, @MarcoFabian_10 abre el marcador ⚽@miseleccionmx 1-0 @footballiceland #SoyMéxico Vamos México— Univision Deportes (@UnivisionSports) March 24, 2018
Sigue el partido EN VIVO https://t.co/KVMUmpbQ6x pic.twitter.com/X4GVtQOsvs
How to Watch
Date: Friday March 23
Time: 7:30pm Pacific, 9:30pm Central, 10:30pm Eastern
Venue: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
TV: Univision (US-Spanish), Univision Deportes Network(US-Spanish), FOX Sports 1 (US-English). TDN (Mexico), UnivisionTDN (Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico)
Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), FOX Sports GO
#VamosconTodo XI de @miseleccionmx vs— Televisa Deportes (@TD_Deportes) March 24, 2018
¡EN VIVO! en TDcom https://t.co/MXGVvNO2Jf pic.twitter.com/nZGrG55ipf
vs— Knattspyrnusambandið (@footballiceland) March 24, 2018
⚽️ Our starting lineup for the game ⚽️#fyririsland pic.twitter.com/wCzzRsB4IV
With just a pair of months to go until the start of the World Cup, the Mexico national team return to the stadium where they suffered their most famous defeat in recent decades when they take on Iceland at Levi’s Stadium on Friday.
The home of the San Francisco 49ers is only four years old but it already carries a painful memory in the heart of all El Tri fans. Two years later, Mexico hope to move on from that unfortunate episode and give fans from the Bay Area something to cheer about ahead of Russia 2018.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years, you probably already know Iceland is one of the teams to watch in Russia. After a quarterfinal finish in Euro 2016, Iceland have carried their momentum all the way to a berth in their first ever World Cup and hope to make things difficult for El Tri.
Delving into the match itself, for a lot of these Mexican players this is their last big test ahead of the unveiling of the 23 players that will travel to Moscow to take on Germany on June 17. There is also, of course, tactical similarities between Iceland and Sweden, Mexico’s last group stage opponent at the World Cup.
Unfortunately, Juan Carlos Osorio will be without several key players due to a never-ending list of injuries. Among those missing for this match include the dos Santos brothers, Hector Herrera, Jurgen Damm, and Javier Aquino.
With the clock ticking towards Russia, there is sure to be plenty of conclusions to take from this match. The question is will Mexico exorcise their demons in the process or will the Vikings conquer the west?