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T&T vs Mexico (13-Oct-2004).
Thu Oct 14, 2004 12:18

T&T downed in Puebla but heads still up.
Issued By: Shaun Fuentes, TTFF Press Officer.

Trinidad and Tobago footballers succumbed to Mexico by a 3-0 scoreline before a partisan 40,000 crowd at the Estadio Cauhtemoc in Puebla on Wednesday night.
The “Soca Warriors” went into the game hopeful of coming away with at least a point following their convincing 5-1 victory over St Kitts/Nevis on the weekend but the homeside had different ideas and despite a valiant effort by skipper Angus Eve and his men, T&T will now aim to finish the semi-final round with 12 points when they face St Vincent and the Grenadines on November 17.
Playing away to Mexico was always going to be a tough proposition and having lost 7-0 at this same stage of the 2002 campaign, the odds of a win were much against coach Bertille St Clair’s team.
Brazilian-born forward Antonio Naelson scored the opener in the 19th minute with a well placed shot into the far corner past goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. Jaime Lozano scored a brace with goals in the 59th and 85th minutes. His first item came after a couple good stops by Hislop but the defense failed to react allowing Lozano netting from close up. Hislop, though beaten, deserved credit for a handful of good saves.
St Clair was disappointed at the end saying that his team gave up two soft goals on the night.
“I am a bit disappointed with the result because I thought we could have given a better showing even though we were playing away from home. We gave away two soft goals and that caused Mexico to beat us by three goals but I didn’t think the scoreline really reflected our defeat.
“I went into the match experimenting with a few players but we were still lacking some stability in the midfield and that is where things broke down and the Mexicans were allowed to take charge from there. At the same time we also had our scoring chances but we failed to take them. You’ll pay the price when you don’t take your chances and the other team goes on to make use of what they get. That was only going to make it harder for us especially when you are under pressure playing a team like Mexico on their home ground,” St Clair told TTFF Media after the loss.
With T&T carded to face Mexico in two final round matches, St Clair stressed that when that time comes, the scoreline must read different, of course in T&T’s favour.
“Definitely the situation has to be a different one in the next stage. We are also growing right now but by then we must be able to take it to a different level. We came into this game knowing that we were almost sure of a place in the next round but I was still saying to the guys that we should finish on a high and let Mexico know more about us in Mexico.
Striker Jerren Nixon was unable to play a part as he picked up a thigh strain in training while Cornell Glen and Stern John found chances hard to come by. Glen had T&T ‘s best opportunity just after the game when he collected from the right side and with only the ‘keeper to beat he went for the far post and was off target. John also saw a one time volley dip just wide of the left post while there were other chances that went begging for the visitors with Eve also hitting wide from atop the box.
Eve admitted that T&T lost to a better prepared team but both he and goalkeeper Shaka Hislop said that come next round, it’s going to be a different ball game.
“I think basically we were beaten tonight by a team that was better prepared than us,” Eve told TTFF Media. “Mexico are rated among to the top ten teams in the world and we have to accept that we are not at their level just yet. We were not totally outplayed and we did have good possession at points in the game as we did in Trinidad but unfortunately we didn’t take our chances and by this we ended up putting more pressure on ourselves.
Hislop, who leaves with the rest of the UK-based contingent from Miami on Thursday, added that the “Soca Warriors” must keep their heads up.
“I thought we started well and we were unlucky not to go a goal up or to equalize during the game. We showed a lot of character and coming to Mexico, you know that you will be under pressure for long periods and your chances are going to be few and far. Had we taken our chances it could have been a totally different ball game. We found it difficult after they scored the second goal. As far as we are concerned we showed character but not everyone enjoyed their best games. At the same time we didn’t looked defeated even though the game may have gotten away from us. Heads never dropped and we kept going. This is the way we must continue playing come the next round and I am certain we can get the positive results,” Hislop said.
The rest of the T&T contingent is scheduled to arrive home on Thursday night and with one game remaining against St Vincent and the Grenadines on November 17, T&T are on the verge of going through to the final round as “Vincy” will now have to beat St Clair’s team by eight goals in order to advance on a better goal difference. So far the United States, Mexico and Guatemala have all sealed spots in the final round of North American, Central American and Caribbean Zone qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Final Score:

Mexico 3 (Antonio Naelson 19th, Jaime Lozano 55th, 85th) v Trinidad & Tobago 0.



1-Oswaldo Sanchez (capt); 2-Francisco Rodriguez, 16-Mario Mendez, 6-Carlos Salcido, 15-Hugo Sanchez; 19-Jaime Lozano, 23-Luis Perez, 8-Rafael Garcia (14-Gonzalo Pineda 84th), 7-Antonio Naelson (17-Sergio Santana 84th); 21-Jesus Arellano (18-Fernando Arce 81st), 9-Jared Borgetti.

Trinidad & Tobago:
1-Shaka Hislop; 19-Kenwyne Jones, 4-Marvin Andrews, 5-Brent Sancho, 16-Dennis Lawrence (18-Silvio Spann 81st); 3-Ian Cox, 7-Andre Boucaud (Denzil Theobold 67th), 8-Angus Eve (capt), 10-Brent Rahim; 14-Stern John, 13-Cornell Glen (Errol McFarlane 76th).

Other CONCACAF Results:

United States 6 v Panama 0.
Guatemala 1 v Honduras 0.
St Kitts & Nevis 0 v St Vincent & Grenadines 3.
Jamaica 0 v El Salvador 0.
Costa Rica 3 v Canada 1.

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