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Mexico defeated in back-to-back games in World Cup qualifiers

The Mexican national team lost 2-1 on the road against Canada at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton in the last international window of the year.

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Mexico defeated in back-to-back games in World Cup qualifiers
Walter Tychnowicz USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the international break of November Mexico and Canada were the only teams in the round-robin tournament with no defeats after six games. ‘El Tri’ was on top of the table with 14 points and they were only three wins away from booking their spot to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Back-to-back defeats

The Mexican national team started the international window playing on the road against the United States at the TQL stadium. ‘El Tri’ suffered a tough 2-0 defeat and fell to second place in the round-robin tournament with one game left during the international break.

Four days later they traveled to Edmonton to play against Canada at the Commonwealth stadium in search of the three points, but they fell 2-1 with Cyle Larin scoring a brace. This tough defeat for Mexico moves the side to third place in the qualifiers, two behind first place Canada.

Winners Canada appear to be on track to qualifying for the first World Cup since 1986. This defeat puts the coach of the Mexico national team, Gerardo Martino, in the hot seat after the latest results across all competitions.

Mexico will end the year playing an exhibition match against Chile on 8 December and this could help Martino find new players to turn things around in the qualifiers. ‘El Tri’ will return to the final round on 27 January playing on the road against Jamaica and three days later they will host Costa Rica.