The atmosphere at Estadio Cuscatlan is going to be electric when El Salvador plays host to their Mexican rivals in a World Cup qualifier that locals desperately want to win to keep their World Cup dreams alive.
Mexico, which tops the regional qualifying rankings, are familiar with the kind of hostile atmosphere that awaits them. El Tri will get El Salvador’s best shot, and the home side will fight and contest every ball – but their best defenders miss the game, and that could ultimately make all the difference against the talented Mexicans.
These two teams met in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and El Salvador offered Mexico a good game. Although this is a battle of world No. 9 versus No. 65, the matches are still more balanced than they appear on paper.
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Score El Salvador vs Mexico
MEX – Hector Moreno (Jesus Corona) – 30th min.
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46th minute. : The second half is underway.
Halftime: Salvador 0, Mexico 1
Half time: Mexico took control of this game from the start and have been patient throughout this first half. Other than a strange cross into the box or a shot from outside the box, there wasn’t much being created. So it’s no surprise that the breakthrough goal came on a set piece by Hector Moreno. Mexico has been sailing since. El Salvador seems to have an offensive flash or two, led by Enrico Duenas, but it doesn’t turn out to be that dangerous.
40th min. : This match comes up against the break in the first half. Not much is happening in the penalty areas.
36th minute. : It should have been a red card. Cleats showing all the way by Isaac Portillo and he takes out Luis Romo who stays a little behind. Yellow card shown to Portillo for reckless play.
30th min. : GOAL MEXICO! Hector Moreno applied his header from a corner to the left, waving it from the far post, and it’s a good thing he stayed in the game.
27th minute. : YELLOW CARD – Things turn sour and it’s Chucky Lozano who gets a yellow for coming in hard and raising his arm slightly against Bryan Tamacas. These two haven’t finished tonight.
25 min. : Another injury for Mexico. The shock of the legs leaves Hector Moreno limping. We’ll see if he can continue.
23rd minute. : Chucky Lozano and Salvadoran right-back Bryan Tamacas meet on the left sideline and referee Drew Fischer has a warning for Chucky, who is stunned. He thought he had suffered the fault.
21st minute. : SUB – Vega is due out for Mexico and Tecatito Corona is his replacement and will play on the left in attack.
18th min. : Luck for El Salvador. Enrico Duenas makes a new cross on the left, but the ball returns to left-back Alexander Larin who shoots towards the Mexican goal, but fails to frame (wide to the right).
16th min. : Alexis Vega goes up for a head and he has a problem with his right ankle. He leaves the field with the coach and we’ll see if he can continue.
13th minute: Alexis Vega wins a corner and Mexican left-back Osvaldo Rodriguez gets a header. Closer to target than Chucky’s head earlier in the game.
11th minute. : Araujo is back just after El Salvador’s first real threat in the Mexican penalty area. Enrico Duenas passes a ball in front of the goal but nobody is there. Mexico emerges.
9th minute. : Injury – Nestor Araujo hits the bridge and the training staff work on his left shoulder. Johan Vasquez is warming up just in case.
5th minute: You thought maybe Mexico should absorb some pressure early on. But it is the opposite. Mexico took some air into the building, knocking the ball over. Alexis Vega shot directly at the keeper. Looking good for Mexico at the start.
3rd minute: Early half-luck for Mexico. Cross from the left and Chucky Lozano pushes the ball back to the left side but he fails to target the ball.
1st minute: Here we go, Mexico in white with the ball to start.
10:03 p.m .: Whichever team you root for, that’s cool:
10:02 p.m .: An idea of what it is inside the Estadio Cuscatlan:
22h00: The anthem of Mexico first. In the meantime, what a photo:
9:48 p.m .: “This game is everything for El Salvador,” he sums up.
21:46: Eight roster changes is a lot from one game to the next. Memories of JCO. It didn’t work for the United States in Panama, but this Mexican team should be talented enough to beat a shorthanded El Salvador.
9:40 p.m .: While waiting for the warm-ups to finish:
9:38 p.m .: Here are the programs for tonight:
8:45 p.m .: And here is the arrival in Mexico:
El Salvador vs. Mexico: Compositions
El Salvador have several important players missing for this game which will complicate matters considerably. Center-back Roberto Dominguez is suspended for accumulating yellow cards, and the Cuscatlecos were already without starting-caliber center-backs Eriq Zavaleta (concussion) and Ronald Gomez Rodriguez, who is recovering from a fracture. The filling options are inexperienced.
As if that weren’t enough to upend the squad’s plans, it will also be without two starting midfielders: Narciso Orellana is out after his red card against Costa Rica, and midfielder Jairo Henriquez will not be available afterwards. pulling his right thigh. the same game.
Composition of El Salvador (4-4-2, from left to right): 1-Mario Antonio Gonzalez-GK – 13-Alexander Larin, 6-Mario Jacobo, 16-Eduardo Vigil, 21-Bryan Tamacas – 20-Enrico Hernandez, 4-Isaac Portillo, 7-Darwin Ceren, 15-Alex Roldan (c) – 12-Marvin Monterroza, 11-Joaquin Rivas
Salvadoran submarines: 18-Yonatan Guardado-GK, 22-Kevin Carabantes-GK, 2-Lizandro Claros, 3-Jose Villalobos, 23-Herberth Marcelo Diaz, 5-Christian Martinez, 19-Denis Pineda, 14-Pablo Punyed, 10-Amando Moreno, 8-Joshua Perez, 9-Walmer Martinez, 17-Cristian Gil Hurtado
Lots of changes by Mexican Tata Martino for the third and final game of the October window. The titular defenders Cesar Montes (accumulation of yellow cards) and Jorge Sanchez (muscle injury) were already missing and both have already returned to their club teams. Center forward Henry Martin is back from injury and is available off the bench.
Starting eleven from Mexico (4-3-3, left to right): 13-Guillermo ‘Memo’ Ochoa-GK (c) – 5-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 15-Hector Moreno, 2-Nestor Araujo, 4-Julio Cesar ‘El Cata’ Dominguez – 10-Orbelin Pineda, 7-Luis Romo, 8- Carlos ‘Charly’ Rodriguez – 20-Alexis Vega, 11-Rogelio Funes Mori, 22-Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano
Mexican submarines: 1-Jonathan Orozco-GK, 12-Rodolfo Cota-GK, 3-Johan Vasquez, 23-Jesus Gallardo, 21-Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez, 18-Andres Guardado, 6-Jonathan Dos Santos, 16-Hector Herrera, 14- Sebastian Cordova, 19-Henry Martin, 17-Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, 9-Raul Jimenez (Not in the team: Edson Alvarez, Uriel Antuna, Alfredo Talavera-GK)
How to watch El Salvador vs Mexico
- Dated: Wednesday, Oct 13th
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- TV channels: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
- Television in Spanish: Telemundo, Universo
- Diffusion: fuboTV, Paramount +
The El Salvador vs Mexico match will be available in English and Spanish in the United States. CBS Sports Network (English) and Telemundo and Universo (Spanish) will broadcast the TV shows. All three networks are broadcast on fuboTV, which is available for a 7-day free trial for new subscribers.
Paramount + subscribers will also have access to the English match stream.
El Salvador vs. Mexico betting odds and predictions
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
To take: Mexico -1.25 Asian handicap (+100)
El Salvador’s advantage on the pitch should help keep the game close to the start, but Mexico just has too much quality and El Salvador is error-prone and lacks key players in defense. With another trio of the best forwards ready to step off the bench to keep the pressure on, Mexico should have the wherewithal to secure a multi-goal win.
The Asian handicap of -1.25 offers some reassurance in case Mexico wins just one goal. Since the bet of -1.25 is spread evenly over the spreads of -1 and -1.5, half of the bet would be refunded in this case.
Prediction: El Salvador 0, Mexico 2
- Moneyline: El Salvador +700 / Draw +340 / Mexico -270
- Disseminate: El Salvador +1.5 (-165) / Mexico -1.5 (+120)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over +115 / Under -150
- The two teams score: Yes +165 / No -225