For the first time ever, Mexico will play a senior national team game with Scotland as El Tri say goodbye to Mexico in a farewell match at the Estadio Azteca. After Mexico tied 0-0 with Wales on Monday, they will now face a tough Scotland team. Juan Carlos Osorio's men will look for a good result in front of their home crowd and to finish the game without injuries. Speaking of which, Osorio just announced that Andres Guardado, Hector Moreno and Diego Reyes will not play and will continue their rehab from their late season injuries. Injuries aside. Mexico should have enough firepower and home support to get a better result than the one they got against Wales.
In Scotland, Mexico will play their second straight British team this week before leaving for Europe. As in many farewell games at the Estadio Azteca Azteca, they could be considered a lesser rival, but the main difference being that this time they will only have one friendly left (against Denmark) after this one. Mexico will look to play well, but keep it safe, especially after knowing how an injury in the friendly against Croatia will keep Nestor Araujo out of the World Cup. That said, the Azteca can be a harsh stage and the Mexican fans will pressure for a good performance, especially considering the high ticket prices. To the surprise of many, the high ticket prices did not stop the match from being sold out. To impress the home fans, however, Mexico will need to improve from their performance against Wales, in which they were the better side but weren’t able to score.
Scotland will be a tough test for this Mexican team. Unlike Wales, this Scotland team is extremely young and only has one player with more than 10 caps. This will be Scotland’s second game and they previously provided a tough test against Peru just a few days ago. In Lima, they lost by only a 2-0 score in front of a sold out supportive crowd. While they have already faced a sold out crowd, this would be their first time playing in the altitude of Mexico City. The good news is they will not have the pressure that Mexico does and will play a physical style that can give Osorio’s men trouble, in a situation where Mexican players will be extremely concerned about not getting injured. It will be a curious situation, too, as this match is a long time coming considering Scotland is one of the oldest national teams but have never faced Mexico’s senior team before.
Mexico will need to show a lot more against Scotland to leave fans with a good feeling about this team. The game will also be the final test for many players, and all eyes will be on Giovani Dos Santos to see if he gives back to Osorio for the confidence he has given him. Nonetheless, being a friendly and being 3 key players down, it might end up being that you can’t read much from the play on Saturday, either positive or negative. At the end, a win combined with no injuries would be the prime goal for this game.