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Mexico 3-0 Iceland: 5 Talking Points

Mexico are far from done
far from done
Sachin Bhat
Modified 24 Mar 2018, 13:56 IST

Mexico commenced preparations for the upcoming World Cup with a resounding 3-0 win over Iceland at California's Levi's Stadium as Marco Fabian struck a wonderful free-kick before Miguel Layun piled on with a second-half brace.

With neither teams opting to deploy their strongest XI, the match was regardless bustling with some end-to-end action as both sides played to their strengths. But where Iceland lacked the finishing touches on the ball, El Tri light up the cauldron with an effervescent attacking show and that ultimately, made the difference.

Not to say the latter were without issues of their own, but manager Juan Osorio would hardly care to look beyond the final score. There's plenty to talk about here, but let us look at the top five points emerging from the match.

#1 Mexico cannot afford to rest on their laurels despite the huge win

Even though the match carried hardly an iota of significance, Mexico's 3-0 win today would still be a confidence booster nonetheless. With only four more "warm-up" games before they take to the field against holders Germany in the tournament proper, results like these would help build optimism in the camp and enter the fray upbeat.

But a closer look down the proceedings, and it opens multiples avenues for improvement as Mexico still have to tighten a few screws. For starters, the three-man backline was breached with the ease of knife slicing through butter as Iceland mustered as many as three shots on target by half-time, while there was a fair share of struggles initially going forward too as the latter kept things well-organised.

El Tri were also not as assured in possession as they would've hoped to be, and had to rely on three moments of brilliance to bail themselves out. A victory of three-goal margin would more than just mask these flaws, but Osorio must be mindful of it and iron them out at the earliest if they were to make it big at the World Cup.

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Published 24 Mar 2018, 13:56 IST
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