The Mexico U-23 national team split its two-game series with Denmark, which was played through the course of the last week in the Centro de Alto Rendimiento (CAR) in Mexico City. On Wednesday, in what was coach Jaime Lozano’s debut at the helm of the team, they fell 1-0 against the Danish side. On Saturday, they played their second and final game and came out victorious with a score of 2-1. The team consisted with a large list of callups which made it possible for many players to have action with the team and then with their clubs on the weekend.
On Wednesday, Mexico made their debut against Denmark and fell 1-0. The goal was scored by Danish player Elias Sorensen. Both games were played behind closed doors, but according to reports, Mexico did well but couldn’t get past a very stable Denmark.
The starting lineup for that game was as followed:
José Hernández; Alan Mozo, Ismael Govea, Adrián Mora, Cristian Calderón, Darío Medina, Gerardo Arteaga, Sebastián Córdova, Ulises Cardona, Marcel Ruiz, Eduardo Aguirre
The second game was played on Saturday. Denmark took the lead off a goal by Victor Nelsson. Mexico tied it off a header by Jesus Godinez. Both goalscorers were key in the last goal when Nelsson made a penalty on Godinez ,who would convert the penalty kick for the final 2-1 score.
The starting lineup for that game was:
Abraham Romero, Vladimir Loroña, Brayton Vázquez, Carlos Vargas, Antonio Sánchez;, Martín Rodríguez, Sebastián Córdova, Jesús Ángulo, Héctor Mascorro, José de Jesús Godínez, Paolo Yrizar.
In a strange circumstance, it seems that Mexico lost with what on paper was the stronger lineup, although it would have also been the lineup with less time with each other given the suddenness of the callup and the games. Still, it’s an alright start for a hopefully very important tenure for Mexico and new coach Jaime Lozano on the road to Tokyo 2020.