This Sunday the Mexican women’s national team and the United States national team played the final of the U-20 World Cup in the Dominican Republic. The fight took place on the grass of the Félix Sánchez Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo.
Both teams already have tickets for the tournament’s next World Cup, to be played in Colombia next year; However, they want to crown their participation in the competition and send a clear message. For Ana Galindo’s men, a win over the United States national team would represent a worthy retribution, as the Americans have won the last two editions of this tournament in 2020 and 2022.
a defense to win the championship
The Mexican women’s U-20 team reaches the Grand Final of the Primundial as the best defense of the tournament, having allowed only one goal, most recently in the semi-final against Canada. To be victorious, the national team must maintain this quality against its similar northern neighbour.
To reach this final, Mexico eliminated Canada and the United States eliminated Costa Rica in the semi-finals with scores of 2–1 in both cases; Now both the teams will decide the champion of the Premier Sub-20.
the united states leads
The Stars and Stripes team took the initiative to go on the attack from the first minute, but the Mexican defense showed why it established itself as the best defense of the tournament, closing down spaces and establishing itself perfectly in the low area. Did.
Both squads proposed a game in which possession of the ball became the main objective for each of the rivals, which in a certain way neutralized the attacking intentions, which were hampered by strong disputes in the midfield.
On 17 minutes, in a ball split through the air, one of those brawls ended with a clash of heads between Jasmine Icke of the United States and Valerie Vargas of Mexico, who was eligible for an assist, however, The incident had no major consequences and both returned to the field of play.
10 minutes of greatness
The Mexicans went ahead with two plays in a 10-minute span that deserved a goal. First, on 28 minutes, Mexico had its first approach in a play in opponent territory that forced the Americans to give up a throw-in; Mexico did their best and Tatiana Flores, on 38 minutes, was one step away from pushing the ball into the back of the net. Mexicans began to dominate.
On 38 minutes, the North Americans responded with a cross shot by Onyka Gamero that went just wide of the right post of the goal, defended by Itzel Velasco. Before the break, both the teams made it clear that there would be no option for a draw this afternoon.
mexico walled up
After the break, with the score still nil, the referee awarded the maximum penalty in favor of the United States on 51 minutes. Isabella Esquivias fouls Eli Santner. The charge was headed in by Tessa Dellaros, but goalkeeper Itzel Velasco walled under her goal and saved the penalty.
And achievement follows: Mexico ranks first
After Etzel’s heroic act, Mexico has grown in confidence. In the 70th minute, Tatiana Flores recovered the ball in midfield and played a filtered pass to Maylin Orozco, who played down the right and beat the US goalkeeper.
United States binds it
It was 80 minutes into the game when Onyka Gamero appeared from the left flank to bomb into the top right corner. The Mexican goalkeeper was far from any chance of dislodging the shot.
Fatima Servan appeared alone in the area on 87 minutes to send the ball down. The captain found the ball and ordered it to be saved for the goal that gave Mexico the premundiale championship. There are many reasons to celebrate today as they have thrashed one of the best teams in the world in an emphatic manner.