Mexico and Venezuela played out a very entertaining game in Houston, with La Vinotinto taking an early lead courtesy of Jose Velazquez’s acrobatic volley from a set-piece. Content to then sit on their lead, the Venezuelans sought to hit on the break with their speedy forwards, who lacked the precision to extend the lead.
Sticking to their gameplan of patiently string passes together and pressing all over the pitch, El Tri finally found a way past Daniel Hernandez in the Venezuela goal thanks to a superb individual effort from Jesus Corona ten minutes from the end. The playmaker did justice to the No10 on his back by weaving his way through the Vinotinto defence and firing home.
Corona’s stunning solo strike extended Mexico’s unbeaten run to 22 games, the longest in their history and eclipsing the 21-game undefeated sequence in 2004 and 2005, which came during Ricardo La Volpe’s tenure.
The men in green’s last defeat came at last year’s Copa America, when they went down 2-1 to Ecuador in the group phase.
Since then they have strung together 15 wins and seven draws under three different coaches, with Miguel Herrera presiding over eight of those games, Ricardo Ferretti four and current incumbent Juan Carlos Osorio ten.
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