November 16, 2021 | Kickoff: 09:00PM ET
Men's National Team

Men's National Team

2 - 1

Mexico

Mexico

Edmonton, Alberta | Commonwealth Stadium

  • 90+7'

    Nestor Araujo

  • 90'

    Hector Herrera

  • Jonathan Osorio
    Alphonso Davies

    88'
  • Lucas Cavallini
    Jonathan David

    88'
  • 74'

    Jose Guardado
    Edson Alvarez

  • Jonathan David
    Cyle Larin

    73'
  • 59'

    Francisco Cordova
    Orbelin Pineda

  • Cyle Larin

    52'
  • 46'

    Jesus Corona
    Julio Dominguez

  • 46'

    Roberto Alvarado
    Hirving Lozano

  • Cyle Larin

    45+2'
  • Steven Vitória
    Doneil Henry

    37'
  • 15'

    Hirving Lozano

  • Doneil Henry

    13'

Timeline

Men's National Team
  • KO

    KO

  • 13 ' | Doneil Henry

  • 15 ' | Hirving Lozano

  • 37 ' | Steven Vitória - Doneil Henry

  • 45+2 ' | Cyle Larin

  • HT

    HT

  • 46 ' | Roberto Alvarado - Hirving Lozano

  • 46 ' | Jesus Corona - Julio Dominguez

  • 52 ' | Cyle Larin

  • 59 ' | Francisco Cordova - Orbelin Pineda

  • 73 ' | Jonathan David - Cyle Larin

  • 74 ' | Jose Guardado - Edson Alvarez

  • 88 ' | Lucas Cavallini - Jonathan David

  • 88 ' | Jonathan Osorio - Alphonso Davies

  • 90 ' | Hector Herrera

  • 90+7 ' | Nestor Araujo

  • FT

    FT

Mexico

Match Report

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team earned a 2:1 victory over Mexico in Edmonton to finish 2021 at the top of the table in the CONCACAF Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Atiba Hutchinson captained the side and became the all-time leader in appearances for the CanMNT, earning his 90th cap against Mexico.

Doneil Henry set the tone early with a strong challenge in the first minute as Canada looked to defend their unbeaten run at home. It was a scrappy affair throughout the first half in the below freezing conditions.

Canada’s first opportunity of the match came in the 20’ as Tajon Buchanan shook a couple of tackles and looked to play in Richie Laryea, but the pass was too strong and rolled out of bounds.

In the 22’ Canada benefited from a miscommunication between the Mexican goalkeeper and defender that resulted in a corner kick. A strong punch from keeper Guillermo Ochoa was necessary to keep the score even.

In the 24’, Alistair Johnston slid a pass into the feet of Cyle Larin, who was able to take a touch and get a shot on target, but there was no real power behind the shot and it was easily saved.

Milan Borjan was called into action in the 36’, rushing quickly off his slide to cover the ball to break up a dangerous looking Mexico attack before they could create a shot attempt.

In the 43’, Buchanan took a touch to allow himself to turn towards the net but his ambitious shot from distance went high and wide.

In stoppage time, Johnston stepped up aggressively to win a 50-50 ball and followed his header forward. He then volleyed a rocket of a shot from distance which was saved by Ochoa but not held, and Larin was there to pounce on the rebound to give Canada a 1:0 lead going into halftime (45+2’).

In the 47’, Buchanan cut to the line and attempted to pull a cross back to Davies, but the pass was blocked at the critical moment.

Canada doubled the lead thanks to a second goal by Larin early in the second half. Stephen Eustaquio delivered a perfectly placed free kick from out wide to Larin, who touched it past the Mexican keeper (52’). The goal moved Larin into a tie for most all-time goals scored for the CanMNT.

Mexico’s first shot on target came in the 58’ with a deft little touch by Roberto Alvarado, but Borjan was able to catch it. Alvarado had another chance in the 66’ with a near post run, and his low shot forced Borjan to make a solid save to maintain the clean sheet.

In the 69’, Davies looked like he was off to the races past the defence but Ochoa was able to beat him to the ball to clear it away from danger.

As the match got closer to the end, Mexico continued to put more and more pressure on the Canadians. The visitors were able to make it 2:1 in the 90’ when Hector Herrera headed in a cross from Jesus Corona, beating Borjan at the near post.

This set up a tense final five minutes of the match, as Mexico was able to continuously put good crosses into the Canada penalty area and get chances. In the 90+3’, Borjan made a heroic diving save right on the goal line to keep the lead intact and help Canada secure the three points.

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Men's National Team yellow card for Doneil Henry

Doneil Henry

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Mexico yellow card for Hirving Lozano

Hirving Lozano

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Men's National Team Substitution of Doneil Henry by Steven Vitória

Doneil Henry

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Men's National Team goal by Cyle Larin

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Halftime

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Mexico Substitution of Hirving Lozano by Roberto Alvarado

Hirving Lozano

Roberto Alvarado

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Mexico Substitution of Julio Dominguez by Jesus Corona

Julio Dominguez

Jesus Corona

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Men's National Team goal by Cyle Larin (assist by Stephen Eustáquio)

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Nov 16, 2021 | 59'

Mexico Substitution of Orbelin Pineda by Francisco Cordova

Orbelin Pineda

Francisco Cordova

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Men's National Team Substitution of Cyle Larin by Jonathan David

Cyle Larin

Jonathan David

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Mexico Substitution of Edson Alvarez by Jose Guardado

Edson Alvarez

Jose Guardado

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Men's National Team Substitution of Jonathan David by Lucas Cavallini

Jonathan David

Lucas Cavallini

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Men's National Team Substitution of Alphonso Davies by Jonathan Osorio

Alphonso Davies

Jonathan Osorio

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Mexico goal by Hector Herrera

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Mexico yellow card for Nestor Araujo

Nestor Araujo

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Match ended, final score: 2 - 1

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