In a friendly on Thursday, Uruguay beat Mexico 3-0 thanks to two goals from Edinson Cavani in the second half.
At State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the CONMEBOL team took the lead in the 35th minute when Matias Vecino scored. After Mexico goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera stopped Cavani’s header, Vecino picked up the loose ball and scored to make it 1-0. Mexico fought back later in the half, but Raul Jimenez and Jesus “Tecatito” Corona missed two good chances to score.
Uruguay doubled their lead right after halftime. Cavani made it 2-0 thanks to a smart pass from Facundo Pellistri, who is only 20 years old. Cavani scored again for Uruguay in the 54th minute, making the score 3-0 for Uruguay. The 35-year-old took a chance with a shot from far away, and it was easy for him to sneak a shot from outside the 18-yard box past Talavera.
Even though Mexico made some key substitutions in the second half, like Hector Herrera and Jesus Gallardo, El Tri still had trouble winning duels and making chances. Since Uruguay was already ahead, they took their foot off the gas and kept the North Americans from scoring until the end of the game.
Mexico will play another friendly game in the United States this month. On June 5, Mexico will play Ecuador in Chicago. Then, El Tri will start their 2022–23 Nations League season on June 11 at home against Suriname and on June 14 away against Jamaica. After that, Mexico will play Paraguay in a friendly on August 31 in Atlanta. There may be more exhibitions after that, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
Mexico’s team, led by Gerardo “Tata” Martino, will be in Group C with Argentina, Poland, and Saudi Arabia at the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
Uruguay is in Group H of the World Cup with Portugal, Ghana, and South Korea. On June 5, Uruguay will play a friendly against the United States in Kansas City, Kansas.