Life isn’t like a John Hughes film. In real life, the socially awkward guy who listens to Echo and the Bunnymen doesn’t end up with the most popular girl in high school. In real life, if the scrawny kid challenges the neighbourhood bully to a fight, he comes home with his own blood on his shirt and there’s fewer teeth in his mouth than he began the day with.
The Canadian men’s national team took on the CONCACAF neighbourhood bully on Friday night in front of 54,798 people at BC Place. And, despite a few early promising signs, the script played out about as predictably as an episode of MacGyver. The Mexicans beat Canada 3-0. Honestly, the scoreline could have been worse.
“Mexico’s superiority is really clear today, no?” said Canadian national-team coach Benito Floro after the match. “What matters in this moment is to analyze properly not only the result, but we need to extract as many positives, because the rest, the other team, at the moment is better than us, no?”
“I think we won this game with authority,” said Mexican coach Juan Carlos Osorio. “I thought we were better than the Canadian team. Nevertheless, we had some rough times during the game, but we found out how to control that, to win this particular match. I thought that our fullbacks fully controlled both of their best forwards, (Tosaint) Ricketts and (Junior) Hoilett. And the two centre backs did a very good job against Cyle Larin. And, on the other hand, our wingers basically created chaos every time we had the ball. So, at the end, with all the respect that we have for the Canadian national team, we thought we truly deserved this win.”
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