🌎 Canada earn historic 2-1 win over Mexico as Cyle Larin strikes twice | OneFootball
🌎 Canada earn historic 2-1 win over Mexico as Cyle Larin strikes twice
In one of the biggest games in Canada football history, they came up huge, as a Cyle Larin brace fired them to an incredible 2-1 victory over Mexico.
Scorers: Larin 45+2′, 52′; H. Herrera 90′
Mexico seemed lost in the below-freezing temperatures as they couldn’t find an answer for Canada’s attack in Edmonton on Tuesday evening.
After coming up just short in both the Gold Cup semi-final and earning a draw in Mexico, John Herdman’s men finally broke through and beat Mexico for the first time since the 2000 Gold Cup quarter-final and the first time in Canada since 1990.
Larin broke the deadlock at the ‘Iceteca’ just before the half-time whistle after Memo Ochoa couldn’t hold onto a shot from distance, parrying the ball directly into Larin’s path, who made no mistake from six yards.
If there was a roof, it surely would have come off after Larin made enough contact to redirect a Stephen Eustáquio free-kick past Ochoa, leading to an iconic celebration with nearly the entire team diving into the snow that was piled up on the sidelines before the game.
With his second goal, Larin, at just 26 years old, drew level with Dwayne De Rosario’s 22 goals, making Larin the joint-leading goalscorer in Canadian national team history.
Héctor Herrera would provide some nervous moments in the end, delivering a header in the 90th minute before six minutes of stoppage time, though Canada would hang on for the three points.
Canada continue to be the only unbeaten team in the Octagonal and are unbelievably in first place on 16 points with just six games to play while Mexico will face the music, currently on 14 points in third place, level with fourth-placed Panama.