Mexico vs. Brazil: 3 Things Learned About Mexico from the Match Against Brazil
Mexico National Football Team lost for the first time since Jose Manuel Chepo de la Torre was presented as the team's manager a year ago.
Brazil proved its superiority and posted a 2-1 victory over El Tri even when it played with 10 men after Dani Alves received a second yellow card, one minute before the first half ended.
The result could have been different, so here are three things we must take into consideration.
Veterans Make a Difference
Carlos Salcido was, without a doubt, one of Mexico's best players at last night's match.
Since 2006, when he played his first World Cup, he's proven just how good he's defending and how unbalancing he can be when he runs along the touchline; long-distance shots are also part of his repertoire.
Salcido leaves his soul on the pitch; that's something no other Mexican player showed against Brazil, hence his constant appearances with the squad and the confidence the coach has put on him.
If he continues to play this way he will surely make it to Brazil 2014.
Lack of Concentration and Consistency Is the Worst Combination
Mexico was winning 1-0, due to David Luiz's own goal, and Andres Guardado had the perfect chance to extend the lead, after Dani Alves pushed Javier Hernández in Brazil's goal area.
Guardado missed the penalty kick, throwing away the opportunity of putting even more pressure on the Verdeamarela.
Then, in the second half, Brazil had to adjust and make some changes due to Alves' absence.
Pablo Barrera created another goal opportunity after sending a cross to Hernández, who made contact with the ball, but the header's trajectory wasn't good enough, as he was in front of the goalie.
At the end, Brazil managed to pull through with two superb goals by Ronaldinho and Marcelo; they might not have had as many chances as in previous games, but they certainly took advantage of El Tri's mistakes.
To Stay Undefeated, You Must Play with Courage
Mexico showed passion and courage very sporadically. The squad lacked personality and didn't play as a team.
When Brazil is the rival to beat, you have to be more creative and not just hope that two or three players make an individual effort to turn the tables.
El Tri has always played at the pace set by the opposing squad, hence, it's more dynamic when facing the big guns and passive when playing against Central American selections.
Nonetheless, it seemed like the undefeated status weighed a lot, which shouldn't have been a factor. It was finally visible that Mexico needs to work a lot, mainly on the mental side.