Monday, July 11, 2011

Under 17 World Cup 2011 Mexico Uruguay

Final
11 July 2011
Estadio Azteca,
Coyoacán, Ciudad de México

Referee: S. Moen
Attendance: 98943


Mexico have defeated Uruguay by a final score of 2-0 to become the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup champions for the second time in their history. El Tri's Sub-17 side were the slightly better side in a cracker of a match for the entire 90 minutes, and deserve their victory. While Uruguay were very good and gave them a game for 90 minutes, the difference was finishing. Mexico had it tonight, while Uruguay could not put any of their great chances into the back of the net.

 The first half started off slowly, with both teams struggling to find their footing. Playing in a major final in front of 105,000 people is obviously a massive occasion for anyone, so it's not surprising that a group of 22 teenagers started the game out playing nervously. It took until the 23rd minute for any real action to happen, but once the game picked up, it turned into a cracker. Sadly, the first real action of the game happened when Uruguay striker Rodrigo Aguirre and Mexican keeper Richard Sanchez clashed heads in the box. Aguirre got the much nastier end of the collision, as he appeared to be unconscious as he was stretchered off the pitch. Juan San Martin was substituted on as a replacement. Uruguay got the first clear cut scoring chance of the match, but squandered it in the 27th minute. Following a set piece for Mexico, Uruguay got out on the counter attack and found themselves with a three-on-two breakaway. Elbio Alvarez had a clean look on goal, but put it just wide. Two minutes later, a similar sequence happened on the other end, as Sergio Bueno made a good run before cutting the ball back towards the penalty spot for Carlos Fierro, who missed his shot just wide.

Mexico found their goal in the 31st minute, with Fierro the architect. The Chivas striker ran onto a deep cross to the far post, heading it back across the face of goal. Captain Antonio Briseño of Atlas made a late run into the box and was unmarked, allowing him to get to the ball and put a header into the back of the net past Jonathan Cubero. Both teams would have one more great opportunity before the half let out. Alvarez had another great scoring opportunity for Uruguay in the 34th minute, but his low shot from 20 yards out bounced off the far post and harmlessly clear. In the 42nd minute, Fierro tried a cheeky curling shot to the far post after spotting Cubero off his line, but missed by less than a foot. When the teams headed into halftime, it looked like anyone's game, despite Mexico's lead. The second half started much like the first, with the teams more or less feeling each other out at the beginning. Uruguay's first chance of the half and perhaps their best chance of the game came in the 61st minute, when San Martin found himself in front of goal with the ball at his feet. He couldn't line it up, though, and hit the post as Uruguay's biggest chance went begging. In the 63rd minute, Julio Gomez entered the match, replacing Jose Tostado, much to the delight of the crowd, many of whom were wearing bandages on their heads in salute to the hero who scored the match winner in the semifinal against Germany. He wouldn't produce any kind of spectacular heroics this time around, but he still played an excellent half hour of football for El Tri.

Alvarez created another big chance for Uruguay in the 69th minute, taking a rip for 20 yards out, but Sanchez came up big with a fantastic save. It would be the last real chance of the game for Alvarez, who played a fantastic game for Uruguay and was unlucky not to score a goal. The 82nd minute produced a massive scramble in the box on a set piece, setting up multiple shooting opportunities for El Tri. A total of four shots were either blocked or saved, with Uruguay somehow avoiding disaster. Two minutes afterwards, Fierro hit a screamer over the bar in what would be his last act of the game. His club teammate and super sub Giovani Casillas replaced him in a move that would prove to be an intelligent one. With Uruguay committing numbers forward to try and find an equalizer, Mexico were able to add an insurance goal in stoppage time to seal a 2-0 victory and cap off a fantastic performance. On the counter-attack, Casillas and Arturo Gonzalez took off, creating a two-on-one opportunity. Gonzalez held the ball for just the right amount of time before passing to Casillas, who scored his third goal of the tournament with a great low shot to the far post. When the final whistle blew just two minutes later, the Estadio Azteca erupted with joy. For the second time in six years, Mexico are the champions of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, and they've done it with a flawless record. (fmfstateofmind.com)

 

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Tournament Preview
Mexico has been drawn into Group A, where they will face, in succession, North Korea, Congo, and the Netherlands. The young Mexico squad will be looking to recreate the magic of 2005, when led by Carlos Vela they made a run all they way to the U-17 World Cup title. This time they get the added bonus of playing at home in front of their own fans. Mexico's three group play matches will be played in Morelia and Monterrey. If they can manage another dream run, the final will take place in Mexico City at Estadio Azteca on July 10th. The Mexico Under 17 squad is led by manager Raul Gutierrez. A former America and Atlante player, Gutierrez has guided the team on a fairly successful pre-tournament run. A South American tour in May included two wins over Argentina, one of them by a 4-0 margin. Most recently, the team finished its tournament preparations by beating Ivory Coast last week, and drawing France 2-2 this past Saturday. The young team features several notable talents. 

One is likely starting goalkeeper Richard Sanchez, currently with FC Dallas. A highly promising young keeper, Sanchez was born in the United States, and has spent time training with the Atletico Madrid youth system. In the midfield will be Julio Gomez, the rare U-17 player with actual first team experience in the Mexican Primera. Gomez appeared in five matches for the Pachuca senior squad this season, including two starts. Another promising midfielder is Alfonso Gonzalez, an Atlas youth product, who plays very well along the right side. Up front the team will be led by Chivas product Carlos Fierro, who is Mexico’s most dangerous scoring weapon. Fierro scored in both wins over Argentina back in May, and also scored in both tune-up matches -- against Ivory Coast and France -- during the past week. As host nation, Mexico will be expected to at least move on to the knockout round. While they definitely have the talent to advance past the group stage, it certainly won't be easy. After the opener against North Korea, Gutierrez must guide his team past difficult first round games against the Netherlands and Congo. If everything goes according to plan, his young squad will come together and make another dream run all the way to Estadio Azteca for the final match of the Under 17 World Cup in July.


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Full Mexico Under 17 
roster listing, by position:

Goalkeepers
Dilan Nicoletti (Newells Old Boys, Argentina)
Richard Sanchez (FC Dallas)
Jose Gonzalez (Pachuca)

Defenders
Francisco Flores (Cruz Azul)
Carlos Guzman (Monarcas Morelia)
Antonio Briseno (Atlas)
Jorge Caballero (Monterrey)
Luis Solorio (Chivas)
Luis Guzman (Atlas)
Felipe Sifuentes (Monterrey)
Jose Pablo Tostado (Chivas)

Midfielders
Kevin Escamilla (Pumas UNAM)
Jorge Espericueta (UANL Tigres)
Julio Gomez (Pachuca)
Alfonso Gonzalez (Atlas)
Enrique Flores (Monterrey)
Giovani Casillas (Chivas)

Forwards
Carlos Fierro (Chivas)
Marco Bueno (Pachuca)
Daniel Hernandez (Atlas)
Marcelo Gracia (Monterrey)







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