DOHA (AP) — Mexico bet on time as the cure for its offensive ills, but after the first game in the World Cup in Qatar it is clear that the problem persists.
As happened to them in the final stretch of the CONCACAF qualifiers, the Mexicans dominated a match, but they did not have enough punch to reflect it on the scoreboard to draw 0-0 against Poland in their World Cup presentation in Qatar.
“We lacked precision when facing the goal in three situations, but we were good in intensity and in control of the game against an opponent who plays on the counterattack,” said Gerardo Martino, the Argentine coach of Mexico.
It is a speech that Martino repeated several times in the final stretch of the tie in which Mexico only scored four goals in its last five games, most of those the work of Raúl Jiménez, Jesús Corona and Hirving Lozano.
Of those three, only Lozano is currently at 100 percent of his capacity, Jiménez is coming out of groin pain and Corona was left out of the World Cup due to an ankle injury.
“In a World Cup with even teams what is needed is to be more effective in being able to specify the few goal situations that occur in a match,” added Martino. “It’s not that we are going to create 15 situations to score two goals, maybe we have three and we should convert one”.
So far it has not been like that.
“We are calm because we dominate and generate plays although we cannot specify, but it is only a matter of time before the goals fall,” said striker Henry Martín.
The Mexican attack will have to wake up soon if they hope to continue fighting to extend their streak of advancing to the second round in every World Cup since the United States 1994. Otherwise, the Mexicans will be left without their long-awaited fifth game and will suffer their worst setback since Argentina 1978 .