Wed, Aug
Match Report
Mexico Trinidad & Tobago
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FIFA World Cup™ Qualifier
2001-09-05Estadío AztecaMexico City, Mexico75000

Mexico beat Trinidad in tense atmosphere

Mexico revived their World Cup chances by beating Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 on Wednesday in a tense atmosphere due to a serious injury suffered by their top player in a previous clash between the teams.

Mexican striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco was playing only his second international since last October, when he was left with a knee injury following a tackle by Trinidad defender Ansil Elcock during Mexico's 7-0 win in an earlier stage of the World Cup qualifying tournament.

Elcock, who was sent off for the tackle, had a penalty given against him and was banned for two matches, did not travel to Mexico after saying death threats had been phoned to him.

With the incident still etched in the memories of the Mexicans, the first foul on Blanco in the sixth minute, by Addison Belfon, nearly led to a brawl as angry Mexican players rushed to protect him.

Blanco, who scored two goals on Sunday against Jamaica on his international return, responded by making Mexico's first two goals and scoring the third himself.

Blanco won the 23rd minute penalty from which veteran Alberto Garcia Aspe gave Mexico the lead and the second goal, scored by Jesus Arellano two minutes before halftime, came after a one-two with the Valladolid player.

Blanco converted another penalty in the 85th minute, awarded for a foul by goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.

Trinidad had Belfon sent off in the 52nd minute for a tackle from behind on Jared Borgetti.

The win took Mexico third in the final stage of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament, ahead of the United States on goal difference. Trinidad, who are out of the running, remained bottom with one point.

The top three teams qualify.

1.Neil Hislop (capt.)
17.Addison Belfon Yellow Card 43 ' Yellow Card 52 '
7.Cyd Gray Yellow Card 12 '
6.Avery John
16.Anton Pierre Yellow Card 88 '
5.Keyeno Thomas Yellow Card 86 '
9.Arnold Dwarika
8.Subbed outAngus Eve
 Subbed in 46' Mickey Trotman
11.Subbed outBrent Rahim
 Subbed in 62' Gary Glasgow
3.Dale Saunders Yellow Card 56 '
14.Stern John
13.Stokely Mason
12.Gary Glasgow
15.Subbed outMickey Trotman
 Subbed in 78' Stokely Mason
21.Michael McComie
19.Aurtis Whitley
18.Nigel Pierre
 René Simoes
46'Subbed outSubbed inMickey Trotman for Angus Eve
62'Subbed outSubbed inGary Glasgow for Brent Rahim
78'Subbed outSubbed inStokely Mason for Mickey Trotman
12'Yellow CardCyd Gray
43'Yellow CardAddison Belfon
52'Yellow CardAddison Belfon
56'Yellow CardDale Saunders
86'Yellow CardKeyeno Thomas
88'Yellow CardAnton Pierre
52'Red CardAddison Belfon