Mexico actually disappointed in the first round staying to a goalless draw against Bolivia, even though they had more of the ball possession and more half chances created, but the team lacked greater effort in the final touch. However, in the second game they improved the image getting a 3:3 draw against host nation from Chile.
It was a very open game, where the Mexicans got the take the lead twice, via Vuoso in 21st and Jimenez in 29th minute, but in the end, it should be said that taking a positive was a positive results for them, as the were trailing 3:2 and it looked like at some point that they could be defeated. However, Vuoso equalized in 66th and the game went to a slower tempo finish, even though the Chileans had much more of the ball possession. Having two draws so far, Mexicans surely need a victory here in order to progress at least as a third placed side and no doubt that the team will be going for all three points. Coach Miguel Herrera could name the same unchanged starting lineup, while experienced Rafael Marquez pushes for a start here.
Ecuador, on the other side, has been defeated in both matches played so far and it could turn out, that even a victory here wouldn’t be enough for them. Anyhow, there is no doubt that the team will try to get the victory and improve the image of themselves.
It was maybe anyway too much from them to expect to get something in the Copa America opener against host nation Chile when they suffered 2:0 defeat with goals in last twenty five minutes, but without any doubt, it was a deserved victory for the Chileans. Second round game against Bolivia should have ended differently, as the were much better side on the field, but were victims of their terrible start. Bolivians were 2:0 up after twenty minutes of play, while Ecuador missed penalty kick in 38th mintue (Valencia) to get back into the match and were punished with the third goal from Moreno. In the second halftime they managed to score two goals, via Valencia and Bolanos, but didn’t have enough time to make something more meaningful. Coach Gustavo Quinteros will also stick to similar lineup, while Juan Cazares and Renato Ibarra could start here.
Mexico needs a victory here as said and after a morale boosting draw against Chile, I’m more than confident that they can make it. Odds are giving us great value in this one and I simply can’t resist such odds that give us extra safety in this one.
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