This is exactly how Canada painted it: A home game against regional powerhouse Mexico in icy conditions in Edmonton with a chance to take the top spot in the CONCACAF qualifiers with a win in front of more than 50,000 fans.
It was the perfect time for the Canadian men’s team to announce not only that they had become a force in the CONCACAF arena, but also that a World Cup landing was no longer a dream, but a goal within hand.
Canada are the last remaining unbeaten team in the regional qualifiers, and they had a 1-0 home win over Costa Rica last week. Meanwhile, Mexico suffered its first defeat in its campaign against the United States. Another loss will put pressure on coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino.
Sporting News will follow Canada vs. Mexico and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Canada vs. Mexico
CAN – Cyle Larin – 47th minute
CAN – Cyle Larin (Stephen Eustaquio) – 52 minutes.
(All Eastern Ages)
76th minute.: Raul Jimenez has a shot from long range, but it goes too high. Time of despair for Mexico. The attack ideas are not clear.
74th minute: SUB – Mexico moved unexpectedly as Edson Alvarez eliminated and brought Andres Guardado in the final 15 minutes.
72nd minute: SUB – Jonathan David replaces Cyle Larin. Replace like-for-like.
Cyle Larin has 22 goals for Canada, surpassing Duane DeRosario all-time.
DeRo did it in 81 games
Larin did it in 44. #CANMNT
– Tom Harrington (@cbctom) November 17, 2021
66th minute: Another mirror plays with the previous one. Cross the Piojo Alvarado and it’s a light touch that doesn’t work.
63 minutes: Penalty shout for Canada! Richie Laryea fouled Jorge Sanchez and it appeared to be a penalty, but the referee didn’t care.
59th minute: SUBS – Mexico needs ideas and Sebastian Cordova replaces Orbelin Pineda.
58th minute: Mexican opportunity. Tecatito passed the ball towards Piojo Alvarado, who attempted a daring flick and it was an easy save for Milan Borjan.
52nd minute: Target is Canada! Cyle Larin opens up about a box installation by Stephen Eustaquio. He just touched it via Memo Ochoa. It’s 2-0 Canada!
50th minute: What an opportunity for Canada! It was Tajon Buchanan and Alphonso Davies being given a 2v1 break, but Buchanan sent the wrong pass to Davies and the opportunity passed in vain.
46th minute: The second half went on with two substitutions for Mexico, and they were very positive: Piojo Alvarado and Tecatito Corona came on for Chucky Lozano and Cata Dominguez. So a defender came out as Mexico chased the results.
Round 1: Canada 1, Mexico 0
46th minute: Target is Canada! Just before halftime, Cyle Larin was the scorer. Alistair Johnston gets the ball, shoots it towards goal and Larin is there to clear it up.
43rd minute .: While Alphonso Davies remained silent, Tajon Buchanan had another goal but missed it.
38th minute: SUB – Well. Canada coach John Herdman did not take advantage of any opportunities. When Doneil Henry was shown a yellow card, they replaced him with veteran midfielder Steven Vitoria.
37th minute .: Canada’s Tajon Buchanan finally had a chance to run in defense and his shot was blocked by Cata Dominguez for a corner.
36th minute: Mexico’s five-man defense is proving useful in stopping wide runs that make the Canadians dangerous.
27th minute.: Canada goalkeeper Milan Borjan saves a pass from Jesus Gallardo from the left.
24th minute: Alistair Johnston finds Cyle Larin in the box and his shot goes in, but keeper Memo Ochoa makes a comfortable save. Canada is growing into this game.
23rd minute: Canada dropped a ball into the Mexico area to take advantage of a lucky ball over the freezing sun.
14th minute: Chucky Lozano is booked for a reckless challenge on Stephen Eustaquio. It is yellow for each side and Lozano will miss the next game against Mexico.
12th minute: Yellow card to Doneil Henry, who parried Hector Herrera and stopped a promising attack. Yellow textbook.
5th minute: Measurement starts for this one by both teams. No one wants to make a mistake early. Mexico wants to go along quickly.
First minute: What a mid-air collision between Doneil Henry, who bumped into Hirving “Chucky” Lozano.
First minute: We go.
9:07 pm: Canadian fans won’t forget this night:
8:49 pm: In case you haven’t heard, this match will be called “Iceteca”, which is quite creative:
How to watch Canada vs. Mexico in America
- Day: Tuesday, November 16
- Time: 9 p.m. ET
- TV: Telemundo
- Streaming online: fuboTV, Paramount +