In a World Cup qualifying match that meant nothing to the overall standings, Mexico destroyed Guyana, 5-0.
Despite the result, Jose Manuel de la Torre can't be happy with his squad's inability to finish near the net in the first half.
This match had plenty of excitement with Mexico generating most of it.
Guyana's defense simply couldn't keep Mexico away from the net, which set up plenty of opportunities, but none made it to the back of the net for the Mexicans in the first half and for much of the second.
After 77 minutes of scoreless action, Mexico began a five-goal explosion that was helped by a Guyana defender who put the ball in his own net. After all the hard work Chicharito put in during the course of this match, it finally paid off as the 24-year-old netted a goal and racked up an assist as well.
Let's take a look at some reaction from Twitter, as well as the grades for both team's key players.
The Think Mexican Twitter Page perfectly outlined just how quickly this match turned:
FULL-TIME: GUY 0-5 MEX Right when it seemed #Mexico vs. Guyana was going to end zero-zero, the Mighty Mexicans score 5 goals in 8 minutes!— Think Mexican (@ThinkMexican) October 13, 2012
Soccer fan Vance Lawrence insists that Mexico had so many shots on net, they might still be shooting on Guyana well after the match ended. That's how relentless Mexico was against Guyana:
I swear, tomorrow when Guyana arrives back home, Mexico won't care. They'll stand by that goal and keep scoring anyway— Vance Lawrence (@VanceLawrence) October 13, 2012
Talk about foresight, soccer fan Steven Perales predicted the outcome of this match before it happened.
Mexico vs. Guyana, Mexico needs to score a minimum of 5 goals, Guyana doesn't even have a psychical coach! He is coaching over skype!— steven perales (@Latin_Dynomite) October 13, 2012
Grades for Key Players
Each and every time Mexico had an opportunity to score in this match, Chicharito was right in the middle of things.
The 24-year-old put several balls on net and, despite missing a few shots, he was the reason Mexico put a ton of pressure on Guyana's defense and goalkeeper.
Ultimately, Chicharito would net a goal and an assist to cap off what was a truly dominant performance.
Jose Andrés Guardado: A
After what seemed like a million chances for the Mexicans to score, Guardado finally found the back of the net for his team.
In the 78th minute, Guardado took advantage of Guyana's inability to clear a corner kick and booted a low, curling shot that found the back of the net for Mexico.
Although Guyana's chances were few and far between, goalkeeper Jonathan Emmanuel Orozco stopped every shot that came his way.
Defensively, the Mexicans were just too smart to be beaten by Guyana's offense. Guyana didn't enjoy much time in the Mexican zone and that led to the dominant shutout.
There is no way around it: Mexico had little to no resistance from Guyana's defense.
It was pure luck that Mexico didn't find the back of the net in the first half after putting on a ton of pressure and finding success against Guyana's defense.
All that was left in the second half was to finish and Mexico did just that. Five goals later, Guyana was wiped out by what was an onslaught of offense from Mexico.
There was no doubt Guyana stood no chance against the aggressive Mexican offense.
Derrick Carter: C
Don't let the five goals fool you, Carter gave his very best in this match but simply couldn't get any support from his defenders. To make matters worse, Carter had to try and stop a shot from his own teammate.
From beginning to end, Mexico was firing shots at will on the Guyana goalkeeper, most of which he was able to brush aside for the first 77 minutes.
But eventually he had to break and that's exactly what happened after Guardado netted the first goal of the match. It was then that Guyana's defense totally gave up on Carter and left the poor goalkeeper to fend for himself against the elite Mexican offensive attack.
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