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Jared Borgetti, the man who haunted Brazil
The legendary Mexico FW had a knack for finding the winning score in matches against the Selecao, including the goal that earned Mexico a 1-0 win in their opening match of the 2003 Gold Cup at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. (Photos: Mexsport)
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MIAMI, Florida – This Friday at 7:00 PM ET, Concacaf will be airing a re-broadcast of two Concacaf Gold Cup classics, the first being the 2017 Gold Cup Final between the United States and Jamaica, followed by the 2003 match between Mexico and Brazil. Both matches will be shown on Concacaf’s Facebook and YouTube pages, plus the Concacaf App.

In their history, Mexico have always enjoyed strong performances against the best national teams in the world, and none more so than Brazil.

In the last 20-plus years, Mexico have squared off against the five-time FIFA World Cup champions in several official matches and have emerged victorious, including the 2003 Concacaf Gold Cup when Mexico defeated Brazil not once, but twice, on their way to winning a fourth Gold Cup crown.

There was one player in particular always managed to deliver a top performance for Mexico against Brazil: Jared Borgetti.

The legendary Mexico FW had a knack for finding the winning score in matches against the Selecao, including the goal that earned Mexico a 1-0 win in their opening match of the 2003 Gold Cup at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

“Thankfully I have good history against Brazil, the majority of the times that I faced them, I ended up winning,” said Borgetti in a previous interview with Concacaf.com. 

“Many times it was 1-0 and with a goal scored by me, like in 2001 in the Copa America in Colombia, later in the [2003] Gold Cup in the Azteca against a Brazil that had great future players like Kaka, Luisao, Diego, Robinho. They would become figures in world football and scoring against them was always big. I also scored against them in the 2005 Confederations Cup in Germany where we also won 1-0. The truth is that I have great memories of playing against Brazil, but scoring at home in front of the fans means a lot more,” added Borgetti.

Borgetti finished the 2003 Gold Cup with three goals in total and tied for second for the tournament. In addition to his game-winning header against Brazil, Borgetti notched crucial goals in the 5-0 quarterfinal victory over Jamaica and in the 2-0 semifinal triumph against Costa Rica.

All told, Borgetti completed his career with 13 matches played in the Gold Cup, seven goals and a sparkling overall record of 10W-1D-2L, plus his Gold Cup conquest in 2003 when he further cemented his legacy of being the player that always haunted Brazil.
 

 
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