Analysis, grades for Mexico-Bosnia
At times the field conditions at Soldier Field flirted with being unbearable. Players sloshed through several waterlogged areas, and in some instances, the ball seemed to die on the pitch in the middle of a puddle. These were conditions not suited for a fast-paced Mexican squad always intent on pressing forward. It was, in fact, the type of pitch that allowed a tall, strong, prodding Eastern European team to level the playing field, so to speak.
So when Javier Hernandez tipped in a rebound in the 90th minute after some awful Bosnian defending, including one of the worst bicycle kick attempts you will ever see, to give Mexico a 2-1 victory, there was some sense of accomplishment. It was a victory, after all, and that it had come from Chicharito -- his first goal since a November penalty kick against Serbia (let that be a warning to the rest of you former Yugoslavian nations that Hernandez may be coming after you next) -- just added to Mexican fans' glee.
With a matchup looming Sunday against Brazil in a sold-out Cowboys Stadium, Mexico's game against Bosnia was a fitting appetizer. El Tri played some more delightful football, the type which has come to define manager Jose Manuel de la Torre's side, and overcame some almost untenable conditions. Nobody really starred, which is just fine since collectively the team played well, barring a defensive gaffe by center backs Javier Rodriguez and Hugo Ayala that allowed Edin Dzeko to score Bosnia's lone goal.
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