The win was Canada’s first win from Mexico after the 2000 Gold Cup semifinals, and with the win, Canada jumped to No. 1 in Mexico and the United States – which played Jamaica 1-1, also on Tuesday – in an eight-team octagonal series. six matches remaining in the 14-match Qatar 2022 spot search. In eight games, Canada is the only undefeated team in the final round (four wins, four draws) and its chances of reaching its first world championship since 1986 look bright.
Mexico almost scored after a swift counterattack 94 minutes into the game, but Jorge Sánchez put the shot from the left flank just outside the goal. Canada.
With near-freezing temperatures, both Mexico and Canada took plenty of time to adjust to the Commonwealth Stadium’s frosty conditions, leading to a rather uneventful first half. However, just before the break The red ones broke the deadlock. A long shot from Nashville SC defender Alistair Johnston was knocked out by Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, and Larin crashed 1-0 to the home team.
Larin doubled his score after 52 minutes. A former striker from Orlando City SC used Stephen Eustáquio to give a free kick, doubling Canada’s lead while sending nearly 50,000 fans in the spotlight.
Canada kept Mexico at bay for most of the second half, but in the 90th minute Tri brought the game back together after Héctor Herrera pushed Jesús Corona to the cross, leading to a nervous Canadian goal.
Notably, Aitba Hutchinson, 38, played his 90th career on the Canadian national team, surpassing Julian de Guzman in the history of the Canadian men’s national team in most matches.