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Mexico in a great deal of trouble after losing to Honduras at Azteca

Sep 7, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

Jerry Bengston AP

Things could be coming to a close for manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Toure as Mexico continue to falter at home in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

The Hondurans overcame a goal deficit to beat Mexico at Azteca 2-1 thanks to second-half goals by Jerry Bengston and Carlos Costly.

The defeat is the first for Mexico at Azteca in their last 27 home World Cup qualifying matches, and just their second in their last 78.

It leaves Mexico with just eight points and only three matches remaining.  They remain in fourth place, the position that would earn them a playoff with New Zealand to make it to Brazil should they end up there at the end.  El Tri’s eight points leave them just one ahead of Panama – who drew with Jamaica – and two behind Honduras for an automatic qualifying spot.

The dismay will be with Mexico, who have matches with the US, Panama, and Costa Rica remaining – two of which are on the road.  However, credit must go with Honduras, who endured and could have had more had Bengston hit an open net from five yards later in the match.

If Chepo isn’t fired after this match, he has to be on a short leash.  El Tri now have three draws and a loss in four World Cup qualifying matches at home this round of the Hex, unacceptable for a team that has a long history at their home fortress.  If he doesn’t get the sack immediately, it would seem a foregone conclusion that, qualify or not, Chepo won’t be making it to the World Cup with the Mexican squad.

  1. powerslave73 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Chepo definitely needs to go but there needs to be some accountability with the players as well!

    • gra42 - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:35 AM

      About half of the players need to go, and that’s nobody’s fault but Chepo’s. Torrado, for example, was Mexico’s best or second best player TEN years ago. There isn’t any space or free rides for middle thirty-somethings at this level of competition.

      • mikeevergreen - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:14 AM

        WHY isn’t the U-23 team that won the Olympics playing this? The “Senior” team are Senior Citizens now,

  2. mkbryant3 - Sep 7, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Man, I feel so bad for Mexico. Not! Powerslave has a good point though. Always the case, but the coach is an easy target. Like a new boss when a business is floundering. (Sorry, the best I could do.)

    • gra42 - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:37 AM

      The coach is an easy target because he refuses to call up some of Mexico’s best and sticks with guys who just haven’t gotten it done after several chances.

  3. jimmycrackcorn99 - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    The tailspin has been going on for months now. The coach must carry the blame. Basta.

  4. hildezero - Sep 7, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Ai ya yai!

  5. footballer4ever - Sep 7, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    The new Mexican National Football Team should sound like this nowadays :

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