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Mexico gets a little help to reach finals

By Andy Lara - Oklahoma City, OK - The Aztec Warriors  - twitter @kookylara 

Mexico has reached another gold cup final in a shocking night yet not surprising semifinal. The game started in violent fashion with Carlos Vela throwing an elbow at a "canalero" defender and irresponsibly earning a yellow card. Keep in mind Vela had earned a yellow during quarter finals thus meaning Vela will miss the championship match. Referee Geiger of USA had his first poor call as he gave Tejada of Panama a cheap red card after leaning on Maza Rodriguez's face. If the referee was to base his measures on similar decisions then Vela should have also received a red a few minutes prior. The match was then delayed a few minutes as players, referees and benches protested. In the face of anguish one could see Andres Guardado visually and mutually disagree alongside Panama's manager Bolillo Gomez at the first poor referee decision. 

As the second half proceeded the matched seemed odd, as Panama held their form while only sending up Roberto Nurse. Bolillo Gomez did a great job of keeping Panama patient for a chance to counterattack or create a play on a dead ball. On the other hand Piojo's squad had a high percentage of possession but failed to capitalize on it with poor attacks up the flanks and zero ambition to risk a deep shot from Vela, Guardado or Jonathan. On the 61st minute Roman Torres capitalized on a poor and mistimed corner which should have been covered by Memo Ochoa by clearing the ball in his small box area. The match continued in anguish as many including myself saw no way for Mexico to break the Panama barrier. Finally with mere seconds until the match ended referee Geiger called a non existent penalty in favor Mexico as Roman Torres shoulder/back made contact with the ball in the area.

Pure chaos followed thereafter with the benches clearing charging towards the ref, Panama players and management were very close to abandoning the match however they were diligently reminded of the reprimand that would occur with that sort of decision. After much convincing the players with what little dignity they had left waited and watched as Mexico's Andres Guardado netted another disputed penalty. The match would then go into overtime. The media was also a frenzy. Blind fans whom know nothing were out there, well opiniated indviduals and the classic malinchistas  also spammed the twittersphere. Extra time would continue and Mexico would start wearing down their opponent and finally began to attack. At minute 103 Chuletita Orozco would be tripped up and again Mexico would get a chance to win the match on PK's. Guardado would go onto net the second goal of the match and seal the victory.

The match was genuinely a tragedy for Panama and with a winning Mexico group whom also felt the situation was cringe worthy. Piojo Herrera, whom is known to complain opposing decisions from refs, actually came out and agreed that it was NOT a penalty. Andres Guardado also expressed his discomfort with what happened on the field even going as far as saying that he thought about intentionally missing the 1st PK to express his desire for "fair play." 

Ultimately Mexico has 1 more stepping stone remaining against Jamaica to reach the CONCACAF playoff against USA. As a Mexico supporter it is very difficult to see Mexico play this way, especially with the ways the victory was given. I tend to give respect to the squad when respect is due however that is far from the truth at the moment. Constructive perspectives people! 


It was an ugly win for El Tri

It was an ugly win for El Tri. I really think that as a team the back line needs restructuring. It continues to disappoint and continues to make our midfield and attack work harder than they should be just to get the ball to the other side.

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