Mexico’s Friday of activity started with the youth teams, as the U-22 team earned a 0-0 draw in their friendly against Scotland in Marbella, Spain. Meanwhile, the Mexico U-20 team started their European tour with a 3-2 defeat against the Netherlands in a friendly played in Amsterdam.
With goalkeeper Sebastian Jurado starting, Mexico’s U-22 faced Scotland as they prepare for their qualification rounds for the 2020 Olympic games. According to reports from the national team’s website, Mexico had the majority of possession but the game was pretty even. Jurado got subbed off for Jose Hernandez in the second half and in the final minutes, Hernandez stopped a penalty kick given to Scotland to allow the score to remain 0-0.
Meanwhile, in Amsterdam, Mexico faced the host country and went down on the score in the third minute before Roberto de la Rosa scored twice to give Mexico the lead. Mexico wasn’t able to hold on to the lead and two second half goals meant Mexico lost 3-2 in the first serious friendly for Mexico after knowing their U-20 World Cup schedule.
The U-20 team will now travel to Alicante, Spain to face the Czech Republic on Monday, where they will need to bounce back against the Czech Republic ahead of their World Cup debut in two months against Italy. On the other hand, the U-22 team will remain in Marbella where they will face Northern Ireland on the same day.