The presence of the Mexican national team for the thirteenth time in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup, and the eighth as a defending champion, is not new in the sixteenth edition of the most important CONCACAF tournament, nor is it a competitor to the CONCACAF championship. In Canada, that is usually his executioner.
The two national teams entered the battle for a place in the final with positive feedback shown during the group stage competitions and in the quarter-finals respectively as they beat the Central American national teams of Honduras and Costa Rica, respectively.
But it will also be a duel between two teams who know each other well, who have a long history in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and also with the United States, The only ones who have managed to lift the Champions League so far in the history of the tournament.
Mexico and Canada will meet for the sixth time in the Gold Cup and the “Tricolor” national team has four victories achieved in the group stage in the 1991, 1993, 2013 and 2019 editions.
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Canada achieved its only victory over Mexico in the knockout stage in 2000, 2-1 with a golden goal at the start of overtime, and this opened the door for them to get the championship title, the only one not in the strength of Tri, who has eight, and the United States, with six.
The record between the two countries in general competitions also favors Mexico with 20 wins, eight draws and only four losses, including 12 wins, eight draws and one loss in the CONCACAF world rankings.
But that says nothing to Mexico’s coach, Argentina’s Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who sees the match against Canada as their toughest so far in the tournament.
Martino commented: “Canada has shown that the development of its current team and football has nothing to do with the development that took place 20 years ago, therefore we are facing an opponent who plays very well, presses, defends and knows how to handle the opponent’s tire.” .
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