Mexico beats Canada 3-1 to qualify for Olympics
Marco Fabian had a goal and an assist to lead Mexico to a 3-1
victory over Canada on Saturday night in the semifinals of
CONCACAF’s Olympic qualifying tournament.
Mexico secured its 10th Olympic berth and will meet Honduras in
the championship game on Monday. Mexico did not make it into the
”We don’t have to relax,” said American-born midfielder Miguel
Angel Ponce, who gave Mexico an insurance goal in the 59th minute.
”We’re in the Olympics, but we have another important game and we
have to do a nice job.”
Mexico has already beaten Honduras 3-0 in the group stage, but
coach Luis Fernando Tena said he would not make wholesale changes
to his lineup for Monday’s game.
”We’re going to maintain the base,” he said. ”We’re going to
make a couple of changes, but nothing too serious.”
The Canadians had to play the last 13 minutes short-handed after
defender Doneil Henry was sent off for his second yellow card.
Mexico took the lead for good in a quick first-half exchange of
Canada’s Marcus Haber tied it with a header in the 32nd minute,
but a minute later Alan Pulido finished off a give-and-go from
Fabian to make it 2-1.
”You think you’re back in the game, and then all of a sudden
you go down again,” Canada coach Tony Fonseca said. ”Obviously,
that makes everything bad for the team. I thought we kept battling,
kept fighting for things, but unfortunately in that particular
moment it was painful to watch.”