CONCACAF

Eight players made Mexico debut in World Cup qualifiers

The Mexican national team defeated Jamaica 2-1 in the first game of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying Octagonal tournament at the Azteca stadium.

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Eight players made Mexico debut in World Cup qualifiers
José Méndez EFE

Mexico made their debut in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 victory against Jamaica on Thursday night at the Azteca stadium. For this match there were no fans allowed because soccer’s international governing body had punished Mexico for the use of homophobic slurs by its fans during the Gold Cup campaign.

Alexis Vega made his debut with a stunner

The player from Chivas started the game and made his debut in the World Cup qualifiers against Jamaica. Alexis Vega scored a goal from outside the box to give Mexico the 1-0 lead in the second half and this was his first goal in over two years with the senior team. The last time he scored a goal was against Cuba on 16 June during the 2019 Gold Cup tournament.

When the game was tied 1-1, Henry Martín, who came in as a substitute in the second half, scored the winning goal for Mexico to secure the three points. This was an important victory for the home side not only for the win, but because eight players made their debut in the World Cup qualifiers with the national team.

Six of those players started the game, Alexis Vega, Jorge Sánchez, Luis Romo, Roberto Alvarado, Rogelio Funes Mori and Sebastián Córdova, and two were substituted in, Uriel Antuna, Carlos Rodríguez. Now Mexico will go on the road in back-to-back matches to face Costa Rica on 5 September and three days later Panama.