Mexico draw with Venezuela
Jesus Manuel ‘Tecatito’ Corona\'s goal in the 80th minute gave Mexico a 1-1 tie against Venezuela on Monday night and first place in Group ‘C’ of the Copa America.
Houston: Jesus Manuel ‘Tecatito’ Corona's goal in the 80th minute gave Mexico a 1-1 tie against Venezuela on Monday night and first place in Group ‘C’ of the Copa America.
Corona had missed several opportunities to score before he took on five defenders before firing off a shot from 10 yards to tie it and thrill the overwhelmingly pro-Mexico crowd.
By winning their group, El Tri avoids a quarterfinal matchup with Lionel Messi and tournament favorite Argentina. They're likely headed for an easier matchup with Chile in the knockout round, leaving Venezuela to face mighty Argentina. Venezuela surprised Mexico with an early goal.
The Vinotinto used a free kick to get it in the box, and Jose Manuel Velazquez gave Venezuela the lead in the 10th minute after taking an assist on a header from Christian Santos and volleying it in for the goal.
Venezuela had a chance to take the lead in the 84th minute, but goalkeeper Jose de Jesus Corona saved a bicycle kick shot by Josef Martinez. Mexico has won 11 in a row and has a 22-game unbeaten streak, which is its longest unbeaten streak ever.
Mexico is 9-1-0 since Juan Carlos Osorio took over for interim coach Ricardo Ferretti last fall. The team has scored 16 goals and allowed just two since he took over.
Monday marked the first time Venezuela had given up a goal in this tournament after Los Vinotintos were the surprise of the tournament by winning their first two games 1-0.
Venezuela goalkeeper Dani Hernandez came through again and again before Tecatito's goal and even pulled off a double save in the 73rd minute. His play in the first two games left Venezuela as the only team in the tournament that hadn't allowed a goal.