Gerardo Martino reacts to Mexico’s 0-0 draw vs Poland

Gerardo Martino reacts to Mexico's 0-0 draw vs Poland

Mexico drew 0-0 in opposition to Poland of their inaugural 2022 World Cup match, as goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa heroically stopped a penalty by Robert Lewandowski to earn both sides one level.

El Tri dominated on the assault within the first half, however didn’t seal any alternative to safe a lead. Chivas de Guadalajara determine Alexis Vega and Napoli’s Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano each did nicely on the wings, every getting alternatives on purpose to power Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny to make the save.

However the second 45 noticed Poland come again stronger, continually placing strain on Mexico’s backline of Jorge Sanchez, Hector Moreno, Cesar Montes and Jesus Gallardo.

Mexico dedicated small fouls inside their very own half all through the match, but it surely was ball by Jakub Kamiński to Lewandowski contained in the field noticed Moreno concede the penalty. The FC Barcelona determine stepped up, and tried to seek out the decrease proper nook however Ochoa timed his dive completely. 

El Tri walked away with one helpful level. However given Mexico’s 11 pictures, 4 on purpose, and 61 % possession, head coach Gerardo Martino insists the workforce deserved extra.

“We deserved to complete the primary half with some type of benefit. We had clear probabilities. I favored the workforce’s proposal in the course of the first half. We had a number of highlights in the course of the match. Within the second half, the match was extra leveled, and we had Guillermo Ochoa’s intervention. I believe we deserved to win,” he stated. 

“We missed definition, however we had loads of depth and management in the course of the match. We had been capable of cease our rival. At this time, I noticed a stadium stuffed with Mexicans cheering for his or her workforce. Folks understood that a very powerful factor is the workforce, and so they gave an instance with their conduct.”

Mexico should now put together to face Argentina, who suffered a shocked 1-2 defeat in opposition to Saudi Arabia. The South American nation might want to get factors in opposition to Mexico to maintain their Spherical of 16 hopes alive. 

Martino revealed the draw in opposition to Poland doesn’t alter the workforce’s imaginative and prescient in opposition to Argentina, sustaining earlier plans.

“At this time’s end result doesn’t change our sport plan for Argentina. Now, every of our group rivals may have two finals. In a World Cup, a workforce must be efficient and concrete in any purpose alternative throughout a match.”

Mexico return to the pitch on Saturday, November 26 in opposition to Argentina.

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