After an opening day victory over Argentina in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Mexico found themselves in a great position heading into their second game of Group C action as they took on Asian confederation side Australia, who struggled during an opening day defeat to Germany. A win against the Soccerroos would have stamped El Tri’s passage into the Round of 16 with a game to play.
What looked like a game Mexico should have dominated after their complete performance against Argentina, and Australia being hammered by Germany, proved to be a tight affait as it saw an Australia team that looked much more composed and mch better organized against Mexico.
The opening half saw Mexico take the game to Australia and attack early from all ends. Mexico put Aussie keeper Duro Dragicevic under pressure often in the first half, including twice in a five minute span starting in the 23rd minute. A shot from Eduardo Aguirre, which was deflected off the frame, and Jose Gurrola was unable to find the net. Later in the half a Pablo Lopez shot forced Dragicevic into a save. Again right before half, Lopez and Gurrola were both denied by Dragicevic, which allowed the game to enter half the same way it started, at zero apiece.
The second half saw a completely different Australia as they came out more aggressive and a new found life outlook that wasn’t apparent in the game and a half prior. They forced the Mexican youngers back and by the 70th minute, had already had six corner kicks to their name in the second half. During that 25 minute spell to start the second half, Australia had some good chances denied by Mexican keeper Abraham Romero. The denials started in the 54th minute, when a header from Jake Bimmer was saved; that was followed by a shot from Panos Armenakas a few minutes later, and another shot from Armenakas which failed to find the frame. As the game came to its final minutes, Romero again couldn’t be beat, this time from a free kick. In the final minute Nahum Gomez had the chance to give The Black Aztecs all three points, but couldn’t do much with his finish leaving the game at a 0-0 tie.
Later in the day, Germany continued their dominating ways as they beat Argentina by the score of 4-0 to take full control of Group C with six points, and set the mark of being one of the teams to beat early in the tournament.
Entering the final games of Group C, Mexico will face the hot German team. A draw would give Germany first place in the group and will give Mexico a second place finish. If Germany was to win the game, Mexico would have to see what happens in the game between Australia and Argentina. If Australia wins, goal difference will come into play where as of right now, Mexico has a +2 and Australia has a -4. Any other result from Australia and Argentina gives Mexico at least second place in the group regardless of their outcome against Germany. Of course, if Mexico beats Germany they win the group and Germany finishes second. With four points, even if Mexico were to finish in third, they look to be a good place to finish as one of the best 3rd place teams and into the knockout round.