Mexico gets complicated in the U-17 World Cup with a draw against Venezuela (0:59)
TRI tied 2-2 against Venezuela and now closes the group stage against New Zealand. (0:59)
Nov 15, 2023, 06:19 ET
The Mexican National Team Faces Complications in U-17 World Cup with Draw Against Venezuela
The Mexican National Team, led by Raul Chabrand, faced a setback in their aspirations for the U-17 World Cup. Despite Venezuela finishing the match with one less player due to an expulsion in the first half, Mexico could only manage a 2-2 draw.
Mexico’s performance in the tournament held in Singapore has been underwhelming. After a strong display in their opening game against Germany, they now find themselves struggling against Venezuela, conceding an early goal by Alejandro Cichero in the sixth minute.
The match proved to be an uphill battle for Mexico as Venezuela, managed by familiar faces from Liga MX such as Ricardo Valiño, Oswaldo Vizcarrondo, and Mexican Marco Capetillo, effectively countered the Tricolor’s efforts.
Mexico received a lifeline in the 40th minute when Giovanny Sequera’s strong foul resulted in a red card, giving Mexico the advantage. In the second half, with an extra player, Mexico dominated the game and Stephano Carrillo scored his first goal in the World Cup with a header, equalizing the score.
Luis Ortiz then put Mexico ahead with a long-range shot that beat Jorge Sanchez after hitting the post, making it 2-1 in the 67th minute. However, Venezuela didn’t give up. Taking advantage of a mistake by goalkeeper Bedolla, they were awarded a penalty which Nicola Profeta converted, leveling the score at 2-2.
This draw complicates Mexico’s path to the next phase of the U-17 World Cup. The Tricolor, initially considered favorites, now face a crucial group stage match against New Zealand.