Mexico beat South Africa without problems and in the final stretch, Carlos Rodríguez committed a foul for which he had to be expelled and thus will not be against South Korea
The Mexican national team midfielder, Carlos Rodríguez, will not be able to play against South Korea in the quarter-final match, due to being sent off in the match against South Africa. Joaquín Esquivel aims to be his replacement.
Carlos Rodríguez had started with Jaime Lozano since the Concacaf Pre-Olympic, establishing himself as one of the leaders of the Olympic team and one of the most prominent in the process towards Tokyo 2020. An imprudence, in an attack by South Africa, when Mexico was already leading 3-0, caused the midfielder to be left out of the quarterfinals against South Korea.
Joaquín Esquivel is the player who aims to replace Carlos Rodríguez, because the Bravos de Juárez footballer has been the recurring change for the Rayados del Monterrey midfielder.
Another option that Jaime Lozano has to supply Rodríguez, is Fernando Beltrán, who has not entered the calls of the Olympic team that is in Tokyo 2020, but he is considered a reserve player.
In the game against South Africa, Carlos Rodríguez had a good performance, as he was controlling the midfield and even added an assist for Henry Martín to score Mexico’s third goal.
In the event that Joaquín Esquivel entered instead of Carlos Rodríguez, this would help Luis Romo to be freer for the commitment against South Korea, since the Bravos de Juárez player would act as containment.
The good news for Jaime Lozano is that he can get Johan Vasquez back, for the game against Korea, once he served his penalty by being sent off against Japan. In the case of captain Erick Aguirre, he will be under observation and until a day before it will be known if he can play the quarterfinals.