Mexico coach apologizes for outburst

Luis Pompilio Paez Mexico

Mexico coach apologizes for outburst

One of the more interesting stats of the night was 66 percent possession for "El Tri".

This was an individual performance of some notes from Leon winger Elias Hernandez.

El Salvador's goal was nice to watch and included a subtle finish from CD Nacional's Bonilla, but Mexico captain Hugo Ayala was a bystander as the striker ghosted in to level the score.

Shifted out to the right after the break, Hernandez broke through 10 minutes into the second half and put in a unsafe cross for Orbelin Pineda to tap in. Pineda was fortunate to see his effort go in off the post after striking his knee, but El Salvador were buried.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has been banned for six matches for insulting officials during the recent Confederations Cup which means the nation's Gold Cup title defense will be disrupted.

The lead returned to Mexico right before the half-hour thanks to Hernandez, and what a goal it was.

ESPN Stats & Info noted it was the third straight game in which Hernandez notched a goal for Mexico. While Mexico is the clear favorite to take the three points from this game and the Gold Cup trophy, the game should still be an intriguing affair.

But the Mexicans were not to be denied 10 minutes into second half as Elias Hernandez's cross somehow made it to Pineda at the back post and the substitute made no mistake from an acute angle.

El Salvador's Nelson Bonilla made it 1-1 just two minutes later, giving the Central American team some short-lived hope. On top of that, Marin isn't even a regular at his club Chivas and started only one Liga MX game for the champions in the first half of 2017. The midfield is a rigid force with players like Jesus Molina, Jesus Duenas, Orbelin Pineda, Rodolfo Pizarro and Erick Gutierrez. Mexico should easily win this game and should do it comfortably to avoid criticism from the fan base and the media. Osorio was ejected, and Federation Internationale de Football Association, in a twist of irony, used video replay to sanction him now.

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