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T&T vs Mexico (08-Jun-2005).
Thu Jun 9, 2005 08:04
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Mexico get the better of tenacious Warriors.
By: Shaun Fuentes.


Mexico emerged with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago here as the final phase of 2006 World Cup qualifying for North and Central America and the Caribbean reached the halfway stage.
Goals from Jared Borgetti in the 65th minute and Luis Perez in the 89th secured the victory as Trinidad and Tobago's smothering defence failed to prevent Mexico from maintaining their place atop the standings in the six-nation final qualifying group.
Mexico are unbeaten with four victories and a draw in their first five matches, with five more remaining, and topped the table on 13 points.
In other matches Wednesday, the United States came away from Panama with a 3-0 victory for 12 points, and host Costa Rica won 3-2 over Guatemala.
Trinidad and Tobago couldn't improve on their total of four points, suffering their third defeat against one victory and one draw.
But they surprised their hosts with their consistency - showing notable improvement under new coach Leo Beenhakker of the Netherlands. They also created chances and had the partisan Mexican crowd miserable for long periods which is far form the norm for home qualifying matches for the Mexicans. The Soca Warriors came close to taking a shock lead when a Dwight Yorke header flew narrowly wide of Oswaldo Sanchez's goal in the 59th minute.
It wasn't until the second half that the stalemate was broken, after a sideline to sideline move between Perez and Ramon Morales finished with Borgetti pushing the ball over.
Perez nabbed the second goal in the game's closing moments, when he followed up on a block shot to beat goalie Kelvin Jack.
T&T kept things closer than expected. They used physical play that appeared to catch faster Mexico off-guard and good tactical work also kept them in the game for longer periods that expected.
Officials listed the game-time temperature at 99 degrees as both teams seem to tired out during parts of the match.
Trinidad and Tobago responded with effective double-teams.
In the 39th minute, Jack left his net and the ball carried to Alberto Medina on a breakaway. But his shot from the left was knocked away by Avery John, who raced in to cover the open goal. John later injured himself as he fought on with the rest of the defense. In the first half midfielder Aurtis Whitley suffered a groin strain and had to be replaced by Brent Rahim in the second half. Rahim took his chance with intelligent play, hard tackling and good movement on the ball. He forced to 'keeper to pull off a great low save to deny his shot late in the game.
The scoreless first half drew catcalls from the near-capacity crowd at Estadio Universtario and things almost got worse for the home team when John nearly got a goal off a corner kick in the 59th minute, outjumping everyone in front of the net, but it flashed past the near post from a Chris Birchall right side free kick.
The Mexicans went ahead in the 65th minute, when Perez sent a sideline-to-sideline pass ahead for Ramon Morales. His shot from the left was partially pushed out by Jack but standing alone, Borgetti nudged the rebound home from point-blank range on the right.
Perez added a goal from the right side in the 88th minute, firing from just outside the penalty area, then taking the rebound off Atiba Charles and depositing it into the net.

T&T Squad:

Kelvin Jack, David Atiba Charles, Marvin Andrews, Dennis Lawrence, Avery John, Carlos Edwards, Christopher Birchall (Gary Glasgow 85th), Aurtis Whitley (Brent Rahim 54th), Densill Theobald (Hector Sam 80th), Dwight Yorke (capt), Stern John.

Mexico Squad:

Oswaldo Sánchez, Mario Méndez (Alberto Medina 37th), Ricardo Osorio, Aarón Galindo, Carlos Salcido, Jaime Lozano, Pablo Rodríguez, Luis Pérez, Antonio Naelson (Ramón Morales 62nd), Jared Borguetti, Francisco Fonseca (Omar Bravo 84th).

Yellow Cards:

Luis Pérez (MEX), Aurtis Whitley (TRI), Brent Rahim (TRI), Marvin Andrews (TRI) & Avery John (TRI).

MEX v TRI Stats:

2 Goals 0
6 Shots on target 2
7 Shots not on target 5
8 Shots of corner 6
5 Off-side 1
12 Fowls 13
1 Cards 4
Beenhakker and ‘Warriors’ keep up beliefs.
By: Shaun Fuentes.


Trinidad and Tobago head coach Leo Beenhakker has credited his players for a courageous performance and is firm on his belief that such displays will be transferred into winning results as the “Warriors” continue their journey to the Germany 2006 World Cup.
Beenhakker let his feelings out moments after T&T’s 2-0 loss to Mexico in Monterrey on Wednesday night.
“Mexico is a very strong team and we proved that we could play with them but unfortunately it didn’t take us to the end,” Beenhakker told TTFF Media.
“They were better than us. We tried to compensate with a lot of work but we couldn’t stop them. We did a good job but we need to have more ball possession to manage a team like Mexico. No one likes to lose but I think the team did everything it could after having been together for only ten days I don’t think I could ask for much more form the boys and it’s just unfortunate that we are not leaving with something to show from this match,” he added.
The general feeling is that the T&T team, despite the loss, is now a revamped one as was also the consensus among those who saw the match live including the Mexican media. They indicated their thoughts during the post match press conference.
Beenhakker replied to that by saying, “From the DVDs that I saw of the earlier matches and from what I am seeing now there seems to be a difference in the way the team is playing and that means credit must go to the guys because they are doing a better job. But the problem is whether it’s good enough to realize our dream and that’s where we must pull ourselves up even more to ensure that we do realize our dream because it’s still alive. You look at the other teams aside from Mexico and the USA you see that it’s still up for grabs.
“I think this game came a little bit early but at least you can see some progress from the team. We are playing to a philosophy and everyone is trying to do the same thing and do what is asked of them and that really is the win for us up to now ad hopefully we could turn into results at the end.”
The T&T team is scheduled to arrive home on Friday evening out of Miami but midfielder Chris Birchall, Dwight Yorke and Carlos Edwards all returned to England on Thursday.

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