Between injuries, penalties and expulsions, the Mexican team did not have a good time at the Saitama Stadium
Mexico lost 2-1 to Japan in the second match of Group A at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Jaime Lozano’s U23 Tricolor could not against the locals and they lagged behind in their sector, so they will seek qualification against South Africa in the last match.
Between injuries, penalties and expulsions, the Mexican team did not have a good time at the Saitama Stadium and will have to turn the page quickly to face the last match against the African team.
Then in ESPN Digital We present the reasons for Mexico’s defeat against Japan.
Low speed in defense
One of the strengths of the Japanese was the speed with which they faced the match. The attack, led by Takefusa Kubo, looked solid and fast against a slow Mexican defense. For this reason, the backs of the defenders and full-backs won, a situation that had an impact on the first goal, since Érick Aguirre and Jorge Sánchez lost their marks, which led to Kubo’s goal for 1-0 in favor of the Japanese.
Individual errors in defense
César Montes and Johan Vásquez did not have their best game. In the first instance, the ‘Cub’ made a penalty that resulted in 2-0 in favor of the Japanese. The Rayados defender did not score well in a one-on-one in the area and committed a stomp that earned him the yellow card.
Meanwhile, Johan made a load from behind in the second half when Ritsu Doan was outlined only in the area of Guillermo Ochoa. Due to that, the referee did not hesitate to show him the red card, a situation for which he will lose the duel against South Africa.
Little offensive clarity
Although in the first game against France there was a good offensive possession with Diego Lainez and Alexis Vega, this game suffered a very good mark from the Japanese and between fouls and little space, they did not cause many dangerous plays in the rival area .
Erick Aguirre’s injury
The Tricolor’s left-back came out of substitution at minute 41 of the first half due to a muscular discomfort. The Pachuca player made a run after Takefusa Kubo of more than 50 meters and that caused him pain, a situation for which he was left lying on the grass.
Although Jorge Sánchez took his place and did not err in defense when he changed sides after the entry of Vladimir Loroña, the loss of the player was a mental blow that impacted the group.