Concacaf Nations League: Mexico is obliged to beat Honduras
The the Mexican Futbol selection They will host Honduras this Tuesday at the Azteca Stadium, forced to win by two goals or more to qualify for the semifinal of the Concacaf Nations League and obtain a place at the 2024 Copa América.
In one of their worst performances in recent years, the Mexicans lost 2-0 against Honduras last Friday in the first leg of the quarterfinals and now they will try to impose conditions at home.
With a sometimes disorganized defense, midfielders who lost balls and committed numerous fouls and forwards without aim, Mexico was surpassed by the Central Americans, who imposed conditions on their field in Tegucigalpa and reflected it on the scoreboard with goals from Anthony Lozano and Bryan Róchez.
In the last hours the mexican team he isolated himself at his training camp on the outskirts of the capital, where the coach Jaime Lozano studies possible changes in the lineup to show a different face than Friday.
Honduras, led by Colombian Reinaldo Rueda, arrives with two goals of cushion and will have as a priority maintaining order to stop the attack of the locals, who must have the Colombian Julián Quiñones, naturalized, for the first time as a starter.
For the hondurans It will be important to stop the momentum with which Mexico will come out and avoid goals for as long as possible to cause despair in Jaime Lozano's team.
“Neutralizing Mexico will be important; there are 90 decisive minutes left; I hope the arbitration controls the game,” said Rueda, who complained of mistreatment at customs and hostility on the part of the Mexicans.
The Hondurans will give priority to order in defense, but they will not give up the attack because, if they score, They will force Mexico to score four goals. In the event of a tie in the series, the team with the most away goals will qualify and Mexico did not score any.
This Monday, at the Honduras camp, two players who are recovering from discomfort trained alongside the team, defender Luis Vega, from Motagua, and forward Luis Palma, from Celtic of Scotland. They were important pieces in Friday's victory and Rueda is counting on them to seek a place in the semifinals and a ticket to the America Cup.
Possible alignments Mexico – Honduras
Mexico: Luis Malagón; César Montes, Johan Vásquez, Jesús Gallardo, Jorge Sánchez; Edson Álvarez, Luis Romo, Luis Chávez; Julián Quiñones, Hirving Lozano, Henry Martin.
Coach: Jaime Lozano.
Honduras: Edrick Menjívar; Joseph Rosales, Denil Maldonado, Luis Vega, Andy Najar; Deybi Flores, Jorge Álvarez, Edwin Rodríguez, Rigoberto Rivas; Luis Palma, Anthony Lozano.
Coach: Reinaldo Rueda.
Time and date of the Mexico – Honduras match
Stadium: Azteca in Mexico City, 2,240 meters above sea level.
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