Epic win puts Mexico on brink of another world title

[UNDER-17 WORLD CUP] Mexico won the 2005 Under-17 World Cup with such current national team stars as Giovanni dos Santos, Efrain Juarez and Hector Moreno. Now, it is on the brink of another under-17 championship, qualifying for the final of the 2011 edition at home with an epic 3-2 win over Germany in the semifinals that featured a heroic performance by Pachuca forward Julio Gomez. Mexico will face Uruguay, a 3-0 winner over Brazil, in Sunday's final at the Azteca Stadium.

Mexico-Germany started with each team scoring in the first 10 minutes, then Germany went ahead in the 60th minute on a goal by Emre Can.

But Gomez, who had scored the first Mexico goal in the 3rd minute, then suffered a nasty blow to the head in a collision with a German player when Jorge Espericueta swung a corner kick into the goal for the equalizer in the 76th minute.

With penalty kicks looming -- there is no overtime at the Under-17 World Cup -- Gomez returned to the field with a bandaged head and won the game in amazing fashion when a corner kick was flicked on to home at the far post and he beat German keeper Odisseas Vlachodimos with an overhead kick.

In Guadalajara, Uruguay upset Brazil on goals by Elbio Alvarez, Juan San Martin and Guillermo Mendez.

3 comments about "Epic win puts Mexico on brink of another world title".
  1. Luis Arreola, July 8, 2011 at 8:43 a.m.

    Mexico is not only now the undisputed Cpncacaf king in all ages once again but is also now looking like a true top 10 world soccer power for years to come. USA on the other hand is completely going in the opposite direction with bad performance in Gold Cup, U20's not qualifying for World Cup and U17's getting spanked 4-0 by Germany. Mexico won Gold Cup, qualified for U20 in first place and are headed to U17 championship. Is USA finally going to learn and put more of it's Hispanics on their national teams? Let's not forget that on the women's side Mexico is catching up with a pretty much non existent development program for woman.

  2. Luis Arreola, July 8, 2011 at 10:18 a.m.

    South America again gives a strong showing in this world cup with 2 in semi's-Brazil and Uruguay setting up a. True Latin American World Cup Championship. Can US Soccer still explain why they want to follow the English style of play?

  3. James Froehlich, July 8, 2011 at 9:41 p.m.

    I stopped rooting for the USMNT several years ago. Please allow this anglo to say -- Viva el Tri !!!

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