Mexico's Hirving Lozano (green jersey) tries to elude Damarcus Beasley of the USA's during a World Cup qualifier on June 8, 2017, in Mexico City. (Photo: Oscar Ramirez/Strafon Images)
MEXICO CITY, Mexico – In a 1-1 World Cup Qualifying stalemate Sunday night, a Mexico offense that generated three goals against Honduras three days earlier, was limited by a United States defense hoping to post a second straight clean sheet.
Despite the draw, the Tricolor extended its lead atop the CONCACAF Hexagonal table to six points over second-place Costa Rica, which only holds an advantage over the U.S. on goal difference.
“It was a tough match, but football is like that,” said Mexico’s Hirving Lozano. “We are going to work and try to improve. Two points got by us, but that’s football. We are going to take this in and we will see what we did well and what we did badly.”
For Mexico head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, the game came down to a matter of inches, as Hector Herrera’s free kick in the 70th crashed off the crossbar rather than give his team a 2-1 lead.
“I think their intention was to defend, with a five-man defense, three midfielders added to try to stop attacks and playing off of errors,” the 55-year-old Colombian noted. “I think of the two chances, the one for the goal and the one that hit the post were of the same manner.”
Overall, Lozano was content with the performance against the U.S. and Mexico’s unbeaten Russia 2018 campaign.
“The truth is that I believe we did well,” finished the 21-year-old Pachuca star. “We were attacking. I think we managed the game well and all of the teammates did a good job. But, on this occasion, we couldn’t win. I think the team looked good and thank God the results are coming through for us.”