Mexico scored twice in 5 second-half minutes in an exciting last-ditch effort to remain within the World Cup on Wednesday, beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 however agonisingly lacking out on the final 16 on objective distinction.
Targets from Henry Martin and Luis Chavez quickly after the interval catapulted Mexico again into rivalry, however a string of excellent saves by Saudi ‘keeper Mohamed Al-Owais and two disallowed efforts denied the South People the elusive objective they wanted to advance.
The match went proper right down to the wire and at one level appeared like Mexico would miss out to Group C rival Poland by advantage of getting accrued extra yellow playing cards, however Saudi striker Salem Al-Dawsari netted in stoppage time to make objective distinction the decider.
Mexico’s exit ended a run of seven successive last-16 appearances on the World Cup and the defeat for Saudi Arabia killed off what had a practical probability of advancing from the group levels for the primary time in 28 years.
Having failed to attain in its opening two Group C matches, Mexico’s probabilities of progressing had appeared slim going into the match, hinging on the result of the sport between Argentina and Poland which Argentina received 2-0 to high the group.
Urgently needing to beef up its objective distinction, Mexico took the sport to Saudi Arabia from the beginning and by no means stopped operating, peppering the objective with long-range efforts in a determined bid to wrest management of their very own destiny.
Orbelin Pineda and Chavez had been the engines in a high-octane match that the Saudis struggled to get into, defending with desperation.
Mexico broke the impasse two minutes after halftime, when Cesar Montes’s deft back-heel from a nook discovered Martin who bundled the ball over the road in a crowded goalmouth.
It doubled its lead on 52 minutes when Chavez’s highly effective free kick 20 metres out sailed into the nook of the objective past the attain of Al-Owais, sparking wild Mexican celebrations on the sphere.
Lozano discovered the online however his objective was disallowed and Mexico battled onerous to get the decisive third however was denied always by the reflexes of Al-Owais within the Saudi objective.
Substitute Uriel Antuna had a shocking late effort disallowed for offside 4 minutes from time earlier than Al-Dawsari shattered Mexican hopes when he grabbed a Saudi comfort objective deep into stoppage time.