The potent Mexican attack has done it again.
Behind a strong effort from Giovani dos Santos, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and Carlos Salcido, Mexico defeated Guyana 3-1 in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier Friday at Estadio Azteca.
Salcido and Dos Santos both provided early goals, while Chicharito's constant pressure forced Guyana into an own goal in the 51st minute.
It was another impressive performance from La Verde, who have now won four straight matches, including their 2-0 defeat of Brazil less than one week ago.
Tweets of the Night
Mexico was aggressive early as Jorge Arangure of ESPN pointed out:
Mexico had four guys in the box and two just outside the box. Yup, they are here to attack tonight.— Jorge Arangure(@ESPNtri) June 8, 2012
Chicharito almost had a nasty jumping back-heel goal in the second half. Unfortunately, it was eventually ruled an own goal by Guyana, although the folks at FOX Soccer Trax didn't believe it at first:
Official scoring in Mexico now crediting Rodrigues with an own goal, deflecting Chicha's back heel -- have to see that again to be sure— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) June 8, 2012
Although Mexico was excellent, FOX Soccer contributor Eben Lehman warns that its next game won't be quite so easy:
Final: Mexico 3-1 Guyana. win is a win, but a much tougher test awaits in El Salvador on Tuesday.— Eben Lehman (@EbenLehman) June 8, 2012
The highlights of the night go to Carlos Salcido and Giovani dos Santos for their first-half goals.
Man of the Match: Giovani dos Santos
All of Mexico's attackers were brilliant, but tonight's Man of the Match goes to Dos Santos.
The Tottenham striker was relentless throughout, using his aggression and creativity to give Mexico multiple shots on goal. His laser in the 15th minute was absolutely gorgeous, and it was his cross that deflected off Rodrigues and into the net in the 51st.
Overall, it was a great performance by Dos Santos, who has firmly established himself as one of the best strikers in the world.
Both teams will continue their World Cup qualifying on Tuesday. Mexico will look to continue its dominant run when it takes on El Salvador, while Guyana will try to rebound against Costa Rica.