🌎 Canada picks up deserved point in Mexico | OneFootball
🌎 Canada picks up deserved point in Mexico
Mexico were unable to go back atop the Octagonal on Thursday night as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against much-improved Canada side at the Estadio Azteca.
Scorers: Sánchez 21′; Osorio 42′
In a highly-anticipated match, Mexico and Canada would trade blows in an exciting end-to-end draw.
In the early stages, Mexico looked to be the better side and punctuated their early efforts with a goal from Jorge Sánchez.
Canada would apply maximum pressure at the end of the first half and it paid off, with Jonathan Osorio caressing the ball into the net after an extraordinary delivery from Alphonso Davies.
Just after the hour-mark, Mexico had an incredible chance to equalise when Canada defender Alistair Johnston nearly scored a spectacular own-goal, with his attempted clearance lofting over the goalkeeper and softly hitting the crossbar.
A couple of minutes later, Raúl Jiménez put the ball into the back of the net but the referee claimed he pushed the defender down before making contact with the ball.
Despite Mexico’s gulf in class, Memo Ochoa would be called into action on multiple occasions throughout the match, rescuing El Tri time and time again with a handful of acrobatic saves.
Each side would have their opportunity to snatch a win late but the two sides would settle for a point apiece.
With six points, Canada is still very much in contention to qualify and will have an excellent chance to earn another result against Jamaica on Sunday.