Breaking down Mexico’s quest to secure a World Cup spot against Panama

Francisco X. Rivera has the latest on El Tri before Friday's match against Panama.

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- Mexico will be playing a crucial match against Panama here at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Awaiting the combination of results on other games, will result in El Tri punching a ticket to Russia 2018. Juan Carlos Osorio will not be available on the sidelines, as he's serving the last of his six-game suspension but I spoke to the General Secretary of the Mexican Federation, Guillermo Cantu, who told me he is very satisfied with Osorio's job so far, as well as the effort by the players on the field. You have El Tri in an advantageous position during the qualifiers. Hector Moreno and Jair Pereira will both be absent on defense after picking up small injuries.

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