Mexico Advances to the CNL Semifinals After an Electrifying Draw Against Jamaica
Mexico secures their spot in the CNL semifinals after a thrilling 2-2 draw against Jamaica at the Azteca Stadium on Sunday night, with the crowd going wild despite the wet weather conditions.
The match kicked off with a fantastic golazo from Jamaica’s Bobby De Cordova-Reid, but Mexico came back strong with an equalizer from Orbelin Pineda, and then took the lead thanks to a penalty converted by Hirving Lozano. Jamaica managed to equalize with an Edson Alvarez own goal shortly after, but neither team was able to find the winning goal in the second half.
This result puts Mexico on top of the CONCACAF Nations League Group A with eight points from four matches. They also secure their spot in this summer’s Gold Cup, which will take place between June 16 and July 16, and culminate in the final being played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California.
Cocca’s side had some dangerous opportunities in the second half with their substitutions of Wolves forward Raul Jimenez for Henry Martin and Tigres attacker Diego Lainez for Pineda, but neither player was able to find the winning goal. The result means that the last three semifinalists will be decided over the next two days before the finals from June 15 to 18 at Allegiant Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders.
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