Mexico world cup

Mexico news: Osorio hurt by defeat

8 months ago

In the latest Mexico news, Juan Carlos Osorio has urged his side to learn from their mistakes after falling to a heavy defeat at the hands of Sweden on Wednesday.

El Tri have made the last-16 stage for the seventh successive time, however, they have failed to go further than the first knockout round since they hosted the World Cup in 1986.

Their tournament got off to a flying start with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over reigning champions Germany before beating South Korea 2-1 in their second outing.

Despite winning back-to-back games Mexico were still in danger of being eliminated in the final round of group matches.

Sweden were far too strong for the North Americans as they ran out 3-0 winners but fortunately they still claimed second spot in the group after South Korea beat Germany 2-0.

Osorio revealed his delight after edging through but admits they must learn from the mistakes which proved so costly in the defeat on Wednesday.

“First of all I have to say that we qualified because we beat Germany and Korea,” Osorio told reporters in Yekaterinburg.

“However, I am very hurt. We didn’t succeed in our penetration in the last third. We allowed them to score three goals which is too many. I wasn’t happy with the way we defended but that’s a learning curve for me.”

South American giants Brazil, who can be backed at 7/2 to win the World Cup with Paddy Power, are next up for Mexico at the Samara Arena on Monday as they look to finally get to the “fifth match”.

The 56-year-old believes Mexico will feel more comfortable heading into the clash as underdogs and has hinted they are likely to approach the game much like they did against Germany.

He added: “I think the problem is the famous fifth match.

“It’s a psychological thing and the players still don’t know how the play with the burden of being winners.”