Reggae Boyz defeated by late Henry Martin strike

Published on 03 September 2021

Action from the Concacaf Octagonal match Mexico vs Jamaica September 2nd 2021. 

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (September 2, 2021)—Mexico, playing at home at their beloved Azteca Stadium, overcame the Jamaica Reggae Boyz two goals to one when the teams met on match day one in the final round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification on Thursday night.

Ernesto Vega broke the nil-all deadlock in the 50th minute to send Mexico ahead while Henry Martin got the winner in the 90th minute of regular time. This came after Jamaica’s Shamar Nicholson leveled the game in the 65th minute.

The win for El Tri was not  easy. Jamaica, staffed with “big name” stars, gave a good account of themselves. Their game plan was clear, as they soaked up pressure, allowing Mexico possession while they attempted to counter. The middle of the field was clogged to force Mexico to play down the flanks. Jamaica dealt with the crosses and, at times, calmly played their way out of the back, but with very limited options in threatening attacking areas.

Mexico’s best chance in the first half came from the head of Rogelio Funes Mori in the 25th minute, but he could not credit Jorge Sanchez with an assist due to his shot going wide. After that, Ernesto Vega saw his shot in the 42nd minute brilliantly saved by the Jamaican skipper Andre Blake.

After a sound defensive first half, the deadlock was broken in the 50th minute when Vega was granted a little time and space at the top of the box and slammed his right-footed shot  past the diving Blake in the Jamaican goal.

Mexico suddenly got more forceful in attack and nearly added to their tally after Roberto Alverado struck the post from within the penalty spot.

The Reggae Boys got a breath of fresh air in the 65th minute when Nicholson ran onto to a poorly cleared long ball, and his one-time left-footed effort found the back of the net. The Azteca was silent but the Caribbean rejoiced.

The night would however end in heartache for Theodore Whitmore’s men when substitute Martin grabbed a late winner for Mexico in the 90th minute to take all three points and top the group going into their next match against Costa Rica on September 5. Jamaican will now set their sights on getting a favorable result against Panama on the same day.

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