The dull, scoreless draw between Mexico and South Korea was hardly an ideal result for both ends, but Mexico can draw a couple of positive takeaways from the match.
At first blush, this game was nothing but a disaster for a Mexican squad that should have rolled over Korea. Despite the final score, however, Mexico did some good things in this match that are worth being excited about.
To be sure, Mexico can't be thrilled right now about going scoreless despite having three great chances from Marco Fabian de la Mora, Raul Jiminez and Giovani dos Santos.
While the lack of execution is troubling, seeing dos Santos make an opportunity for himself has to be considered a positive development. Dos Santos had an excellent opportunity to score, but missed the shot.
Clearly, Mexico would be happier had he connected, but Dos Santos disappointed in friendlies with a lack of burst. The explosion he showed in getting that opportunity was a refrp teshing sight for Mexico.
On the offensive end, Mexico simply has too many great scorers to stay scoreless for long. The missed opportunities will eventually go in, and Mexico can be confident that they won't be held scoreless very often.
The real positive developments from the game, though, were on the defensive side.
Against South Korea, Mexico proved once again that its defense is a force to be reckoned with.
Mexico only gave up five goals in seven games in friendlies, and that level of defensive dominance continued against South Korea.
While South Korea played extremely aggressively after a dull opening, Mexico was consistently able to hold off the advances. Every South Korean scoring opportunity was either missed or dealt with effectively by Mexico.
All in all, Mexico's defense was imperfect, but it was good enough, and that's what really matters. South Korea played about as well as they could play, but it wasn't enough to score.
This has to be considered a victory, however small.
Yes, South Korea is not a top team, and Mexico should have won easily. Still, this game proved that even when Mexico is at its worst, it can play good enough defense to always be a threat.
This defense will keep Mexico in every single game during the London Games, and Mexico will certainly attack more effectively in future matches.
When Mexico starts connecting on their scoring opportunities, El Tri will regain its status as one of the most dangerous squads in the Olympics.