Mexico triumphs over Canada in World Cup qualifier in Vancouver

Mexico goaltender Alfredo Talavera
Mexico goaltender Alfredo Talavera stops Canada's Scott Arfield at B.C.Place on Friday. Photo by Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP

Vancouver's B.C. Place was a sea of green last night as Mexico fans from all over came to watch their team play Canada in a qualifying match for a spot in the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.

An estimated 15,000 Mexico fans attended the game, many traveling to Vancouver from the US. By Thursday evening, downtown Vancouver was infused with Mariachi music and singing fans wearing sombreros.

On game day, a record-breaking sold out crowd of 54,000 fans filled B.C. Place with the Mexico fans easily drowning out Canada's supporters with their singing and chanting.

The game began with both teams missing a few clear cut opportunities. Then, Mexico struck with a header from star player Javier Hernandez, aka "Chicharito."

Eight minutes later Mexico widened the gap to 2-0 with Hirving Lozano scoring his first international goal.

Mexico sealed the win in the 72nd minute when Jesus Corona faked a shot to then smashed the ball into the back of the net.

With 20 minutes remaining, many Canada fans filed out of the stadium while the game was stopped at least 3 times as excited Mexico fans rushed the pitch. The win means Mexico is all but assured a spot in the next round. 

Despite the loss to Mexico, Canada remains in a very good position to advance to the next round.

And the record breaking attendance at this game, bodes well for more international soccer matches coming to Vancouver.


 

 

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