MEXICO, October 7 (EFE): Canada’s British coach John Herdman confirmed, Thursday, that his team is capable of inflicting damage on any opponent, and showed that with a 1-1 draw against Mexico in the CONCACAF match bound for Qatar 2022.
“With our flexibility we can take more risks, we know that we will have more open matches, but we also show that we can get hurt, and we score any opponent,” the coach said at the end of the match, which was held at the Azteca stadium.
The Mexican team benefited in the duel thanks to a goal from Jorge Sanchez, the Canadian team equalized by Jonathan Osorio. In the second half it was difficult for Mexico to have depth, Canada could have taken advantage, but their defender lacked a goal.
Herdmann bragged about the performance and level of his players against the Mexican national team.
“We wanted to show that we took a step forward in the region and I think we did it against an opponent like Mexico who has a high level. That is why I say that I am happy with the performance we gave in this match,” he confirmed.
The strategist indicated that his team had improved compared to last September’s game, in which they drew 1-1 with the United States, and they reiterated in the next match that they won against El Salvador and now against Mexico.
“We learned from our last matches, the players put in a good performance and finished the match strong, we didn’t give them the opportunity to take the initiative, plus my players showed that we know and we can come back.”
The strategist highlighted the request of his captains and lamented that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa managed to clear a header from Liam Fraser just minutes from the end which could give them the win.
“I think we could win the game, we had the options. We wanted the three points, and we had it on that Fraser shot. I’m happy with that point anyway, but we had a chance to win.”
With the tie, Canada remained third in the CONCACAF octagon with six points, as Panama, two points behind the United States, the leader, and Mexico in second place.
On the fifth day of the preliminary round, Canada will visit the Jamaican national team next Sunday.