10 Defining Moments of Mexico's 2014 World Cup Campaign

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10 Defining Moments of Mexico's 2014 World Cup Campaign
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It was a bittersweet ride for fans, media, players and pretty much everyone involved with football in Mexico. Brazil 2014 started with a beacon of hope for El Tri, but in the end it finished like it has happened for the past 20 years.

The road to get to the finals wasn't easy. After four coaches, two wins, five draws and three defeats during the Hexagonal—including one on home soil to Honduras—plus a two-legged playoff, El Tri secured their ticket for the tournament.

The warm-ups weren't easy. Juan Carlos Medina and Luis Montes were sidelined due to injuries, while Mexico lost their last couple of friendly games ahead of their first match.

The group stage was fantastic. El Tri qualified in second place of Group A, just behind the host. Nevertheless, the result in the knockout stage was far from what many expected.

This is a chronological countdown to Mexico's key moments during the World Cup.

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