October 26, 2021

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Mexico reclaims Jimenez, defends CONCACAP leadership against Canada

The Mexican team, which has reclaimed striker Raul Jimenez, faces Canada this Thursday in a bid to establish itself as the Confederations Cup lead for the World Cup in Qatar by scoring three points at the Azteca Stadium.

As coach of Argentina Gerardo “Tata” Martino, the Mexican people beat Jamaica 2-1 and Costa Rica 0-1, drawing 1-1 with Panama to take a two-point lead over Canada, the United States and Panama.

The return of striker Jimenez from the English Premier League’s Wolverhampton Wanderers is a novelty for the Martino team; The striker suffered a skull fracture last November, but has recovered and this Thursday he will play Tri for the first time in 2021.

Martino is working with the youth and veterans towards the World Cup, with many in the European leagues and against Canada trying to take advantage of the status quo at the Azteca Stadium, 2,240 meters above sea level.

Canada, led by John Hertman, got off to a good start to the draw with a win and a pair of draws, with the United States leading 1-1 to the mighty United States.

Led by Alfonso Davis, a versatile prisoner from Bayern Munich, Canadians will seek to maintain order and try to inflict damage from there; Even if they come out better with a draw, they will bet on victory on a field with eight defeats in the same number of presentations.

Canadians have played only one World Cup, Mexico 1986, and now the Concoff tie still looks open, betting on the pace at which they will start their four-year tournament in Qatar in 2026. In it they will share headquarters with Americans and Mexico.

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In other matches on the fourth day of the tournament, the United States will receive from Jamaica, Honduras to Costa Rica and El Salvador to Panama.

– Possible rows:

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa; Jorge Sanchez, Caesar Montes, Naster Arazo, Jesus Gallardo; Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos; Hirving Lozano, Raul Jimenez, Jesus Manuel Corona.

Coach: Gerardo Martino.

Canada: Milan Porgen; Alistair Johnston, Steven Vittoria, Kamal Miller, Richie Laria; Adiba Hutchinson, Stephen Eustachio, Jonathan Osorio, Alfonso Davis; Jonathan David and Dajon Buchanan.

Coach: John Hertman.

Referee: To be appointed.

Estadio: Azteca in Mexico City, 2,240 meters above sea level.

Time: 20:40 (01: 40GMT).