Mexico reacts to 1-1 draw in opposition to Poland: ‘Memo deserves it’

Mexico reacts to 1-1 draw against Poland: 'Memo deserves it'

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.

Although El Tri dominated on the assault within the first half, Poland got here again stronger within the second 45 to stress Mexico’s backline of Jorge Sanchez, Hector Moreno, Cesar Montes and Jesus Gallardo.

Mexico dedicated small fouls inside their very own half constantly 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 search out the decrease proper nook however Ochoa timed his dive completely. The Mexican goalkeeper has now saved 17 penalties in his profession, 4 for Mexico. 

“It isn’t for nothing that it’s his fifth World Cup. He’s a pacesetter within the dressing room and we’re all very proud of him,” stated Charly Rodriguez after the sport. 

“He has saved our job on many events. As we speak ‘Memo’ deserves it, he’s a goalkeeper who trains an excessive amount of and right this moment he confirmed himself,” added defender Jorge Sanchez. 

Ochoa credited the save to Mexico’s goalkeeping coach Gustano Piñero after the match, including it’s been some time since he saved a penalty. 

“There was work behind that save. I work with Gustavo Piñero,  we’ve been engaged on this for a very long time. Life is so bizarre, it has been some time since I saved a penalty and it got here to an finish right this moment, I am very completely satisfied to cease it.”

Mexico is now tied with Poland for second place within the Group C standings, with Saudi Arabia as leaders after their stunning 2-1 overcome Argentina. Although the draw was not sufficient to determine any type of lead, Ochoa insists Mexico will use the outcome as motivation transferring ahead. 

“We acquired one level, they’re a rival with superb gamers, bodily highly effective, who’ve status and who play in the very best leagues,” he stated. 

“In fact we wished the three factors, however we’ve to have a look at the constructive facet, right this moment we add, we’re there they usually Sophisticated video games are coming. There are at all times surprises and if we compete like this we might be near profitable.”

El Tri will now put together to face Argentina on Saturday, November 26 earlier than ending the group stage in opposition to Saudi Arabia.

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