Mexico headed to 2020 Olympics after defeating Canada

Mexico have punched their ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics thanks to a 2-0 victory against Canada in the semifinals of the 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship on Sunday night at the Estadio Jalisco in Guadalajara, Mexico.

It marks the third straight time in which El Tricolor have qualified for the Olympics and they will now seek a third consecutive CMOQ title on Tuesday against Honduras.

Mexico had the bulk of the chances in the first half, with Sebastian Cordova, Uriel Antuna and Johan Vasquez all creating havoc in the Canadian end, but GK James Pantemis was a steady presence in the Canadian goal and kept things scoreless.

El Tricolor continued controlling the tempo in the second half and their pressure on the Canadian defense resulted in a giveaway deep in the Canadian half, with Carlos Rodriguez pouncing on the wayward pass and dishing to Antuna, who fired home a shot for a 1-0 Mexico lead in the 58’.

With the lead, Mexico could play to their liking and Vasquez doubled the margin 2-0 in the 66’. The Mexican DF’s header off a free kick struck the post before hitting a Canadian defender and then ricocheting back off the body of Vasquez and into goal.

The Mexico defense took over from there, keeping the Canada attack at bay to nail down their third clean sheet victory of the tournament.