Jamaica draws Mexico 0-0 in WCup qualifying
Mexico lost a 19-game winning streak at Azteca stadium with a
0-0 draw against Jamaica on Wednesday in their first match of the
final round of World Cup qualifying.
The Mexicans considered one of the favorites to qualify for
Brazil 2014 from the North and Central American and the Caribbean
have not drawn at Azteca since November 9, 1997, when Costa Rica
drew them 3-3.
”I don*t know if this is our worst game, but it’s the one that
leaves me more upset, because it was a World Cup qualifier at
home,” said Mexico manager Jose Manuel De la Torre, who had a 12-0
record in official matches since taking over in December of 2010.
”Sometimes you win ugly, but today we did not do even that”.
Honduras now leads the final, six-team group with three points,
while Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Jamaica share second place
with one point each. The United States are last with no points
after losing 2-1 to Honduras earlier Wednesday.
The top three teams earn automatic World Cup berths, while the
fourth-placed teams playoff for another spot.
Jamaica’s only World Cup appearance was at France in 1998.
”We knew that we could pull it off, we knew we can play,”
Jamaica assistant coach Alfredo Montesso said. ”Perhaps it*s a
surprise for many, but not for us. Before this round, we were told
that we had a 17 percent chance to qualify for the World Cup, I
think we just improve those odds today.”
The Mexican team was booed heavily by the 40,000 fans at Azteca
stadium who were disappointed with the draw.
”They have the right to say whatever they want because they
wanted to see their team win, to play a good match and we did not
deliver,” said De la Torre.