This was Nathaniel Mendez Ling’s first participation with the Guatemalan national team

The Derby County striker made his debut with the double color in the match against Cuba for Group D in the 2023 Gold Cup

Guatemala City – satisfying result! the introduction Nathaniel Mendez Ling He played a good game on his debut Guatemalan national team. He was sent on with an assist for Bicolor’s 1-0 victory over Cuba, on the first day of Group D of the Gold Cup 2023.

Mendez-Ling, who was born in Birmingham, UK to a Guatemalan mother, added his first 70 minutes with the double-colour. He left feeling good and has already written his name in the blue and white stats by attendance Darwin blame for the winning goal.

When the second half has just begun, Nathaniel received a ball from Aaron Herrera with his back and marked it. He pushed the opponent hard and headed towards the goal, but preferred to step back with his left foot when Lume reached to break the Cuban defense. We already know the final story.

The Derby County footballer barely had a week to work with the Guatemalan national team before making his debut. He was on vacation when he got the call. He did not hesitate to arrive in the Central American country to complete the nationalization procedures and start training.

Mexican coach Luis Fernando Tena had already warned that Mendes Ling was not there to play the full 90 minutes. In the first part, the lack of rhythm and lack of time to adapt to the game system and teammates took its toll.

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But he was a man who caught the attention of the last Cuban dynasty, and was forced to make a personal mark. He had dynamics and complex, plus he was supportive when the ball wasn’t in Guatemala.

Now a more complex test will come when Bicolor will be measured Canadawhich tied 2-2 with Guadalupe, next Saturday, at 7:30 p.m.

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