These are the teams that have prevented Mexico from playing the fifth game in the World Cup since 1994
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The World Cup Qatar 2022 It will begin with many doubts for the Mexican National Team, however those led by Gerardo Martino must make a clean slate to seek to compete to pass the round and achieve the long-awaited fifth game.
But Why hasn't Mexico reached the fifth game? The answer is simple, he has come across rivals whom he has not been able to defeat.
Below we name the teams that have eliminated El Tri since the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
Bulgaria and Germany in USA 94 and France 98
In the 1994 World Cup in the United States, the Mexican National Team was excited after going through a difficult group with Italy, Ireland and Norway. The round of 16 game was played against Hristo Stoichkov's historic Bulgaria.
The game was very close, however El Tri ended up losing via penalty kicks against some Bulgarians who finished in the fourth box of the event.
In the 1998 World Cup in France, the Mexicans raffled a group that they shared with the Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea. The round of 16 game was played against an experienced Germany that ended up imposing conditions 2-1.
On that occasion, Jurgen Klinsman and Oliver Bierhoff were the executioners of a match that began with the victory of the Mexican National Team.
The sadness of 2002 at the hands of the United States
In Japan and Korea 2002, the Mexicans were going to suffer what has perhaps been the biggest disappointment in the history of the World Cups. The round of 16 game was against their archrivals, the United States.
The Concacaf Classic reached the World Cup and with Mexico dreaming of a fifth game that was not going to happen Brian McBride and Landon Donovan gave the Tri a blow and left them in the round of 16.
Argentina executioner in 2006 and 2010
The Argentine National Team beat Mexico in the round of 16 of the 2006 World Cup in Germany with that memorable goal by Maxi Rodríguez in Extra Time. El Tri had pounced forward but again it was not enough.
In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the Mexicans arrived after passing their group that included the hosts, France and Uruguay. In the game against Argentina they did not have many options and fell 3-1 with a brace from Gonzalo Higuaín included.
Arjen Robben's non-penalty and Neymar's pools
In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it occurred the famous penalty kick by Arjen Robben that ended up taking Mexico out, in a match in which the Tri undoubtedly deserved much more.
On that occasion, El Tri won until the 88th minute with a goal from Gio Dos Santos. However at 88, Sneijder placed the tie and at 94 Huntelaar scored from a penalty after a play invented by Robben and that the referee bought without hesitation.
In the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Mexico had to face Brazil in the round of 16. Those led at that time by Juan Carlos Osorio, had just defeated Germany and South Korea and had been thrashed by Sweden.
Although against Brazil the protagonist was Neymar and his swimming pools, it cannot be denied that Canarinha was a deserved winner with a score of 2-0.
The goals were the work of Neymar himself and Roberto Firmino. Once again the Mexican dream stayed in the round of 16.
A few days from the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Gerardo Martino's task in principle is to pass the round and later try to reach the long-awaited fifth game.
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