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Club America-heavy Mexico throttle New Zealand, take four-goal lead in World Cup playoff

Nov 13, 2013, 5:34 PM EDT

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Mexico did their part to complete a day of World Cup playoff routs, using Wednesday’s visit from New Zealand to take a huge step toward Brazil 2104. With goals from Paul Aguilar, Raul Jiménez, Oribe Peralta (two), and Rafa Marquez, El Tri took a 5-1 win out of Estadio Azteca, earning a commanding lead ahead of next week’s return leg in Wellington.

Earlier today, Uruguay won 5-0 in Amman, leaving Jordan with slim hopes of reaching their first World Cup ahead of next week’s match in Montevideo. Combined with the lopsided result in Mexico City, two spots in the 2014 World Cup are all but claimed before the playoffs’ second legs.

[MORE: Uruguay blasts Jordan 5-0 to take insurmountable lead home]

The hosts dominated from the opening moments, holding near 80 percent of the match’s possession throughout the first half. That advantage saw Mexico nearly go up in the 18th minute, when an acrobatic volley from Raúl Jiménez forced Glen Moss into a save from inside his own goal. The All Whites keeper’s extended arms met the shot at the goal line, temporarily keeping his team even.

Mexico went close again in the 24th minute when Francisco Rodríguez, one of seven Club América players in Miguel Herrera’s starting lineup, nailed the crossbar with a shot from distance. Rarely allowing the ball into their own half, Mexico’s dominance left them destined to claim the lead.

That destiny came to fruition in the 32nd minute, with Moss’s ill-fated run off his line leading to a collision with Peralta, keeping the New Zealand keeper on the ground as Aguilar redirected a failed clearance into the All Whites’ goal. Eight minutes later, Jiménez headed home the corner he’d forced, sending Mexico into halftime up two.

Less than three minutes into the second half, Peralta scored the first of his two goals, running onto a ball sent across the top of the six-yard box by Miguel Layun, a long pass from Marquez having put Mexico’s left wingback behind the defense. Leaving Moss no chance for another save, the Santos striker put his team up three.

A similar play produced Mexico’s fourth goal in the 80th minute, with a diagonal ball from Marquez finding Layun down the left. The ensuing cross found Peralta, who put his header into the upper left hand corner to make it 4-0. Four minutes later, a corner headed into the right of goal by Marquez briefly gave Mexico a 5-0 lead.

One minute later, El Tri committed their only slip of the match, a cross headed toward their spot by New Zealand’s Rory Fallon volleyed past Moises Muñóz by Chris James, bringing the visitors back within four.

That goal is unlikely to matter on Tuesday. Where New Zealand had come to Azteca intent on holding out for a nil-nil, the All Whites will have to summon four goals on their return to Wellington.

Playing their own game, it was going to be a long shot to beat Mexico. Now, having been forced from their comfort zone, New Zealand’s hopes of qualifying for a second straight World Cup are all but vanquished.

  1. footballer4ever - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    All thanks to the U.S.. Your welcome.

  2. midtec2005 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Now it’s time for them to get their act together, get some confidence, and represent CONCACAF well in Brazil.

  3. footballer4ever - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Please! They can represent themselves only and crash and burn for all i care. Mexico is a disgraceful footballing nation.

    • midtec2005 - Nov 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

      Well yeah… there’s a large part of me that feels that way too, lol.

    • vicente1302 - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      Your still hating man…. anytime I look up Mexico articles to read on this website your on every single one hating….get our testicles out of your mouth man first you were talking about how New Zealand was going to win now its thanks to the U.S. and burning and disgraceful nation….. trust me we are thankful for their effort but quit hating man, obviously your jealous of how Mexico has dominated over the years or some reason so you hate us….if you have nothing good to say then go read U.S.A. articles you don’t see anyone going over their talking crap….

      • footballer4ever - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        ROTFLOL, Yes Pancho Villa! LOL

      • bruiserbrigade - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:54 AM

        Don’t mind him. He (footballer4ever) exposed himself on the US victory over Panama article as a HISPANIC himself, originally from one of those central or south american countries that wanted the USA to purposely lose to Panama so Mexico gets the boot. That’s cool, only good teams get haters. What gets me is he makes fun of you for the Spanish name, yet he’s Hispanic lol. He must think he’s white.

      • footballer4ever - Nov 14, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        @ Vicente1302

        I apologize for calling you Pancho Villa. I am sure Mr. Villa would be upset to use his name in vain towards you. Mr. Chente is more appropiately mundane instead. ;)

        @ bruiserbrigade –

        Congratulations, Mr “Hitchcock”….You’ve exposed me to the world. lol

        First of all, I am a proud American as in anyone from the America continent; However, that might be different for you depending on the type of geography you got to learn or not. Either way, I am a proud hispanic/latino/latin American or from “one of those central or south american countries” as you stated it. I am quite comfortable in and within my own skin, but if being “white” is the pinnacle to feel good then it’s you the one who has issues, amigo ;)

        As far as “hating”, please child, if I wanted to be a hater, there’s better teams to “hate” on than a minnow with the complex of a “giant” like Mexico who with the things they have going to their advantage they always seem to fall flat on their faces or simply behave as underachievers. Adios, Amigo or if you prefer it in “white language”, have a good day, friend ;)

  4. hildezero - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    “…using Wednesday’s visit from New Zealand to take a huge step toward Brazil 2104″

    I found a typo Richard. You’re welcome.

    • Richard Farley - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

      Oooh! Thanks, hildezero!

      • footballer4ever - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:30 AM

        See what you created when you “gave” in to his control freak demands, He’s now a psychomaniac error finder.

  5. hildezero - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    Both of you guys have a point. Footballer4ever has dissed me a couple times, but he’s right when he says “Mexico is a disgraceful footballing nation”. I’m a Mexican and I can admit that. The Mexican team has had success for many years, but the fans can be shameful. Other than that he’s wrong. You however are 100% correct, but I don’t know about the jealousy part, because obviously I can’t speak for him. Wait for his response.

    • footballer4ever - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      @ Hildezero,

      You’ve dissed and discredited yourself more than a couple times…All I’ve done is shown you the mirror to make you realize how a fool you’ve become. At one point I had posted on a previous topic good things about you, but you’ve shown us with your child-like tantrums and disgraceful ways that I had the wrong impression.

  6. braxtonrob - Nov 14, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Now THIS is a Mexican side I can embrace.

    This year, Mexico has proven that they canNOT just send ANY 11 green shirts out there and win, but I look forward to Mexico’s friendlies between now and the WC (after they finish off a respectable New Zealand side).

    • footballer4ever - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:39 AM

      lol, What a joke!

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