Mexico upsets Dominican Republic in Olympic Qualifier

Sebastian Cordova notched a hat trick to start Mexico off on the right foot in Group A of the 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship with a 4-1 victory over the Dominican Republic.

From the opening whistle the Mexico attack kept Dominican Republic GK Johan Guzman busy and would finally break through in the 22’ when Roberto Alvarado sent in a cross from the left that Carlos Rodriguez swept into net for a 1-0 Mexico lead.

El Tricolor’s momentum carried into the second half and Cordova doubled the margin 2-0 in the 51’ by redirecting Alexis Vega’s free kick into net from a few yards out.

Cordova nearly notched his second of the night in the 61’ when he snapped a header off a Uriel Antuna cross, only to see the ball strike the crossbar.

The Vega-Cordova connection would bear fruit for Mexico again in the 69’, with the former picking out the latter with a cross from the left and Cordova thumping home a header to extend the lead to 3-0.

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The Dominican Republic never threw in the towel though and they pulled a goal back from the penalty spot in the 73’ with Edison Azcona converting to make it a 3-1 affair. 

The score was a historic one for the Caribbean nation, as it marked their first ever goal in a CMOQ.

Cordova would then earn his hat trick in the 90+4’ by turning in the rebound of a penalty that was initially blocked by Guzman to complete the 4-1 scoreline.

Mexico return to action on Sunday versus Costa Rica, while the Dominican Republic will take on the United States.