PASADENA — Mexico booked its place into the quarterfinals of Copa America Centenario after a 2-0 win over Jamaica on Wednesday night.
Here are the biggest points of Mexico’s win over Jamaica:
1) Creating chances
During their win against Uruguay, Mexico dominated large portions of the game however they didn’t manage to create as many chances in the game until both teams were reduced to 10 men.
In their second game against Jamaica Mexico was able to produce a lot more chances. In the 18th minute Javier Hernandez header gave Mexico a 1-0 lead, the goal was the 45th for Hernandez for the national team putting him just goal goal shy of tying the goal scoring record of Jared Borgetti who netted 46 in his career.
Let’s keep in mind that Jamaica does not have the talent that Uruguay has that creating more chances doesn’t necessarily mean the team is improving.
2) Lack of continuation
Head coach Juan Carlos Osorio despite the good performance of his team against uruguay opted to make four changes to his lineup including a change at goalkeeper where Guillermo Ochoa got the start.
The biggest takeaway from the lineup was that Osorio used two center backs to play as full backs when he had players who play as left and right backs in Jorge Torres Nilo and Paul Aguilar.
Another issue is the position in which Raul Jimenez played. Jimenez is not used to play out wide and it was very apparent that her wasn’t completely comfortable playing there, the best plays he made were when he played inside.
The wins give Osorio the excuse of making constant changes to his team but the lack of continuation and especially playing players out of position can take a toll.
Let’s not sugar coat this, Mexico’s defense played a deplorable game against Jamaica where they had a handful of turnover in their defensive third which led to great opportunities for Jamaica.
Michael Hector had the first opportunity after the ball fell at his feet but his shot hit defender Yasser Corona, in the 39th minute another Hector shot forced a save by Guillermo Ochoa.
Striker Clayton Donaldson had several opportunities for his team but wasn’t able to convert. In the 64th minute Donaldson appeared to be fouled inside the box by Corona but the referee failed to award the penalty.
Playing Moreno as a left back and putting in a not so good defender like Corona in, and putting Nestor Araujo out wide right allowed the Jamaicans to exploit those players playing out of position but weren’t unable to convert their opportunities into goals.
4) Hirving Lozano
After he came in to replace Jesus Manuel Corona, the 20-year-old was able to find space in the left flank and help the team create several goal opportunities included one that ended in Oribe Peralta’s goal in the 81st minute to secure the win for Mexico.
Lozano who has come in as a substitute in both games so far has played a part in three of the five goals that Mexico has scored so far in the tournament.
Mexico’s win combined with the surprise 1-0 win of Venezuela over Uruguay means that Jamaica and Uruguay are eliminated from the tournament and Mexico and Venezuela will battle for first place on June 13 in Houston.