Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mexico Defeats Belize 2 - 0

If island residents were not at Cholo's Sports Bar, they were at home glued to their television set watching the FIFA qualifying match between Belize and Mexico that took place 0n Sunday, June 15. Cholo's was the place to be as it was erupting with people who flocked together to show their country's soccer team their support and enjoy the match. Despite Belize's loss, spirits were high as revelers took to the streets with their flags, cheering for our country. The Belize team played an excellent game and we were all happy that they did not lose with a large margin as Mexico players were predicting.

Mexico, ranked 14th in the world, was shackled by Belize’s defense for much of the afternoon before finding a late burst of offense to escape with a 2-0 win before a crowd of 50,137 at Reliant Stadium.

The teams will play the second match of their second-round World Cup qualifying series Saturday in Monterrey, Mexico. The squad with the highest aggregate score advances to CONCACAF semifinals.

Belize's amateurs, facing their neighbors for the first time, held out for over an hour before Carlos Vela and a Jared Borgetti penalty saved Mexico.

"We faced a team who were well organized at the back," Borgetti, Mexico's record scorer, told Mexico's TV Azteca after notching his 44th international goal.

“I was pleased with their effort; it was outstanding,” coach Ian Mork said. “They gave their heart and soul. They were playing one of the best teams in the region and in the world, and they never gave up, so I have to commend them on that.”

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