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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mexico risk missing World Cup A Shame?

I am so worried about Mexico not being in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.The crisis is so bad that the Mexican football federation is considering whether to name the national team's third manager in just four days hmm.

Mexico is wrestling with the humiliating prospect of missing football's World Cup finals for the first time in a quarter of a century with only two qualifiers left to reverse its fortunes. And the media has shown little love for the players after "El Tri" lost 2-0 to their bitter rivals the United States in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday.Most of the headlines in sports pages said the team now needs a "miracle" to book their tickets to next year's World Cup in Brazil.

The loss to the United States, coming off the back of an embarrassing defeat to Honduras at home last Friday, put Mexico in fifth place in the six-team CONCACAF regional group and fighting for a 2014 spot in Brazil.

With only the top three qualifying for the finals in Brazil, and the fourth-placed team advancing to a play-off against New Zealand, Mexico will be out unless they fight back in the final two qualifiers.

The United States lead the six-team group by a point from Costa Rica, with both nations already having qualified for the finals.
At the moment, the third spot belongs to Honduras, who have 11 points. Panama are fourth with eight points, level with Mexico but ahead thanks to a better goal difference.

Mexico have only won one of their eight qualifiers to date, drawing five, and scoring a miserly four goals.
They now face a win-or-bust game against Panama at the Azteca on October 11 before a final showdown in Costa Rica on October 15.
Mexico last missed a World Cup finals in 1990 when the federation was banned from international competitions after using over-aged players in an under-20 championship.

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