Mexico and the Republic of Ireland are set to face each other in the most important match of Group C, in what should potentially decide who goes through to the next round. But results from the other groups have made it so that a draw could potentially be the best result for both teams, as either could be the only second-placed team to get to seven points and advance to the next round. That said, both teams should try to get the win and not leave things to chance. In particular, Mexico who will come into this match as second place in the group because of goal differential.
Mexico and Ireland both started the tournament with expected wins, although Ireland had the better score. The big news was that the results took a beneficial turn for both teams. Results in Group A and Group B meant that it’s impossible for a second placed team to get 7 points in either group. This means that with a draw between Mexico and Ireland, both could potentially advance to the next round with seven points. This means both coaches will try to get the result but should keep in mind that a draw could also be a good result. While this does not bode well for the actions of the game because it will mean both teams should be extremely cautious, it’s the sensible thing for both teams to do. While I’m not saying that either team will look for the draw, it probably means it will be a “defense first” type of game.
Against Bahrain, Mexico had a great first half but fell off in the second. Their shooting accuracy was was deficient and an opportunity to get a good goal differential against a weaker side was missed. This means Mexico should at least seek improvement against what is on paper a much better team than their previous rival.
That said, a dark cloud still looms over Mexico after their nightmare friendly against the Netherlands, where they lost by a score of 5-1. It is safe to say Ireland is a team a lot closer to the level of Netherlands than Bahrain is, which means Mexico should most definitely take caution. Hopefully Coach Jaime Lozano is up to the situation and Mexico can continue to improve regardless of the result.
Date: Thursday, June 7
Time: 10:00am Pacific, 12:00pm Central, 1:00pm Eastern
Venue: Stade Parsemain, Fos-sur-Mer, France
TV: beIN SPORTS USA en Español (US-Español), beIN SPORTS USA (US-English), ESPN3 (Mexico)
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