Mexico is excited to beat France, as they beat the seemingly most dangerous opponent in the group stage 4-1 and showed they are in Tokyo 2020 to win a medal, as their predecessors did in London 2012.
France, which has the status of world champion, was present for only 45 minutes, because Mexico did not find a goal in front of Paul Bernardoni’s goal, and in the second half he practically disappeared at the hands of the best version of the Mexican Olympic team.
Mexico has wings, at the feet of Alexis Vega and Diego Lainez, light players with the ability to score goals. Chivas was disbanded by the French team, while it was Lainez who pushed his team against Andre-Pierre Gignac’s team.
On the other side was Gignac, who showed little of the talent that Liga MX dreads, and Florian Thauvin was wiped off the field by Erick Aguirre, Rayados del Monterrey’s last boost. With two threats controlled by the Tricolor, the rest of the mission was to attack.
Lainez hid the ball without a brake, was uncontrollable, found space to send a cross and Alexis Vega scored on his third chance against the French goalkeeper. That goal, 1-0, became a waterfall, because Mexico didn’t hold back and wanted more.
Lainez’s dribbles ignited Sebastian Cordova, who scored 2-0. There was concern, because Jorge Sanchez neglected his team and Cesar Montes had to take a penalty, Gignac scored at 69 and it looked like the French Revolution was beginning.
It’s time to move the pieces off the bench and from there came the reaction, because Aurel Antona entered Diego Lainez, and the Chivas player met his partner Alexis Vega.
Vega survived, in the 80th minute, and Antona managed to score 3-1. France then collapsed again and Eduardo Aguirre, who came off the bench, seized the opportunity to score 4-1, with less than five minutes of play on Tricolor’s debut.
The Mexican team celebrates in the first game of the Tokyo 2020 Games, hosts Japan is coming and South Africa is still missing, but Jaime Lozano’s team is excited to make good on the promise they made before leaving for Japan: to return to Mexico with an Olympic medal.