Soccer World Cup 1966 / Mexico
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Mexican team games
Referee: Ashkenazi ( Israel )
After Mexico had already completed a good first half, "el Tri" continued his performance after the break and took the lead 1-0 after 48 minutes thanks to the young talent Enrique Borja; it was the 15th World Cup game for the Mexicans for the first time that “el Tri” had taken a 1-0 lead; in the previous 14 games, the opponent had always scored the first goal.
On the left wing, Aarón Padilla had prevailed, crossed into the French penalty area, where Borja took the ball and pulled away from his opponent with a skillful twist of his body. After another turn of the body, he pushed the ball past the falling goalie Marcel Aubour into the net. Borja's action was accompanied by the excited Mexican TV reporter Fernando Marcos : “Borja, don't fail. Don't fail! Goal for Mexico. "
The only carelessness in defense cost the victory. In the 62nd minute Arturo Chaires lost the ball against Gérard Hausser, who equalized for the French from 15 meters away.
Referee: Lo Bello ( Italy )
After 1950 (Brazil) and 1958 (Sweden), Mexico played in the same preliminary group as the hosts.
After "el Tri" had suffered the highest defeat in its history with 0: 8 on a trip to Europe at Wembley five years earlier, the team this time was totally defensive and only had one striker with Borja. For a long time Mexico successfully defended itself against the English attack vortex, but Bobby Charlton broke the spell after 37 minutes. He had accepted the ball in his own half and ran undisturbed to about 22 meters from the Mexican goal, from where he hammered the round leather into the corner.
Charlton also set up the English second goal. With a long pass, he served Jimmy Greaves , who took the ball just before the penalty area, penetrated the area undisturbed and pulled it from about eleven meters from the goal. Although Calderón was able to save his shot, Hunt converted the rebound and ensured the preliminary decision in favor of the hosts.
Referee: Lööw ( Sweden )
On the one hand, because Ignacio Calderón sustained a strain on his shoulder during a training session shortly before the start of the World Cup and was therefore easily handicapped anyway, and on the other hand, the world was apparently waiting eagerly to see the first player to make five World Cup appearances Mexican goalkeeper legend Antonio Carbajal will play the Mexicans last group game. This should have won "el Tri" by two goals in order not to have to return home after the preliminary round. The Mexicans played accordingly committed and were pushed forward again and again, especially by their playmaker Isidoro Díaz. The Mexican team worked out several good scoring opportunities, all of which they could not use. On the other hand, the Urus, who mainly focused on defending their two-goal lead, had only one real chance to score, which Carbajal, who responded excellently, destroyed. With this parade, “La Tota” played a decisive role in the fact that “el Tri” remained without conceding a goal for the first time in what is now the 17th game at a World Cup .
Although the goalless draw resulted in the Mexicans being knocked out again, the English press was full of praise for this team and the Times wrote: “Mexico turned out to be a revelation that deservedly won the sympathies of the London public. The players from the land of the Aztecs have proven their skills and shown that they can play smart and snappy. It should be clear that this team will be one of the best teams at the World Cup in Mexico . "
- Excerpts from the game on Youtube with Marcos' legendary saying "Borja no falles. No falls! Gol de México. “At about 2:10 min.
- La Historia de las Copas del Mundo (Editorial Televisa, Mexico City, 2006)
- The 1966 World Cup at RSSSF.com