Wednesday, April 17

Mexico vs. El Salvador result: El Tri wins easily to book World Cup 2022 ticket

The Tri is nearly there. After a long and arduous CONCACAF qualifying campaign that has raised more questions than answers, marred by sputtering performances and inconsistent contributions, Mexico has one foot in the 2022 World Cup door.

Tata Martino needs either a win or draw against El Salvador to wrap up a place in Qatar on his own terms, while a US result against Costa Rica would also do the trick.

El Salvador is eliminated from World Cup contention, but will look to finish World Cup qualifying on a high note at the famed Estadio Azteca.

Sporting News will be following the match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

Mexico vs. El Salvador final score

1 HOUR 2H Final
Mexico two 0 two
The Savior 0 0 0

MEX — Uriel Antuna — 17th min.
MEX — Raul Jimenez (penalty) — 44th min.

(All times Eastern)

Final: Mexico 2, El Salvador 0

75th minute: El Salvador’ keeper Gonzalez comes up with another stop on Luis Romo. The Monterrey midfielder had himself a rip. The Salvadoran ‘keeper has been one of the bright spots for El Salvador.

73rd min.: SUBS—Another two replacements. Charly Rodriguez and Alexis Vega make way for Luis Romo and Tecatito Corona.

64th minute: SUBS — Henry Martin and Chucky Lozano are in for Raul Jimenez and Uriel Antuna. The fans do the ‘Chucky Lozano’ chant to welcome him on the field.

60th min.: Moments after Mexico threaten with another Alexis Vega set piece, Darwin Ceren comes on for El Salvador. The visitors are trying to make sure they leave this match with a respectable scoreline.

46th min.: The match is back underway and after a minute El Salvador’s ‘keeper has to come up with a sensational save on Charly Rodriguez.

Halftime: Mexico 2, El Salvador 0

half-time: Mexico couldn’t have asked for a better half with an early breakthrough, two goals and some energy and verve in their attacks. The additions of Alexis Vega and Uriel Antuna have added a lot. Antuna’s speed earned the penalty and he’s been a thorn in El Salvador’s side. Vega has been inspired with the ball at his feet and his set pieces have been dangerous. This is going to be a good way for Mexico to end qualifying.

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44th minute: Raul Jimenez converts the penalty. And Mexico are cruising.

42nd min: Penalty for Mexico. El Salvador center back Rodriguez brings down Antuna. The referee has no doubt and points to the spot. He clattered him from behind.

30th min.: And now it’s a yellow for El Salvador’s Jairo Henriquez. Here are some photos of that special moment between Tata Martino and his players after the goal. They sought him out.

28th minute: It’s still all Mexico. Another Alexis Vega corner kick and Cesar Montes can’t get a good header on the service in the box. Vega and Antuna have refreshed the attack.

17th minute: Goal Mexico! A Nestor Araujo header was saved by the Salvadoran ‘keeper but Uriel Antuna was there to hammer home his 9th goal in a Mexico shirt. El Tri is up… and the players make a beeline to Tata Martino to show their support for the under-fire coach.

13th minute: Uriel Antuna is also active on the right wing for Mexico, and he drew a yellow card on El Salvador left back Lemus, who brought Antuna down to stop a promising attack.

5th minute: Shout for a Mexico penalty, but this was definitely a clean challenge by the Salvadoran player on Mexico left back Jesus Gallardo who pushed into the box.

4th minute: Alexis Vega earns a free kick in a good position and he takes it himself but it’s high of the mark. Vega already wanting to be a factor. Good sign for Mexico.

1st minute: We’re off. We can thank the mini-truck for bringing the game ball to the officials to start the game.

9:00 pm: Time for anthems. Kick is moments away.

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8:48 p.m.: It’ll be interesting what kind of crowd shows up at the Estadio Azteca given there’s not much suspense. Some in the media will interpret the attendance as a sign of the relationship of the fan base with El Tri.

7:05 p.m.:The shop scene outside the Estadio Azteca is bustling hours before kickoff, although the pollution levels in the Mexico City air are also reportedly high.

Mexico vs. el salvador lineups

After a World Cup qualifying campaign beset by inconsistency, Mexico has stuck with the same starting lineup across the first two matches of this window. But manager Tata Martino rang in the changes for El Salvador.

midfielder Hector Herrera suspended for yellow card accumulation, is replaced by PSV midfielder Erik Gutierrez, who has made two substitute appearances this window and has 29 overall caps.

Martino made two changes in the attack with Uriel Antuna and Alexis Vega replacing wings Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano and Crown Tecatito.

Mexico starting lineup (4-3-3): 13-Memo Ochoa (GK) — 23-Jesus Gallardo, 2-Nestor Araujo, 3-Cesar Montes, 6-Jorge Sanchez — 14-Erick Gutierrez, 4-Edson Alvarez, 8-Charly Rodriguez — 10-Alexis Vega, 9- Raul Jimenez, 21-Uriel Antuna.

Mexico subs (12): Alfredo Talavera, Rodolfo Cota, Gerardo Arteaga, Hector Moreno, Johan Vasquez, Erick Aguirre, Diego Lainez, Luis Romo, Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano, Santiago Gimenez, Henry Martin

El Salvador is missing alex larinsuspended due to yellow card accumulation, who is replaced at left back by Miguel Lemus,while-captain darwin ceren is back from his yellow card suspension, but he starts on the bench.

vice-captain Roberto Dominguez was forced off early in the last match with an injury and Eric Zavaleta captain’s the side. in-attack, Nelson Bonilla got the start at striker against Jamaica, but he will be on the bench here as Jairo Henriquez is supported by Enrico Duenas, Steven Vasquez and Kevin Reyes.

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El Salvador projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): 1-Mario Gonzalez (GK) — 12-Miguel Lemus, 4-Eriq Zavaleta, 5-Ronald Rodriguez, 21-Bryan Tamacas — 6-Narciso Orellana, 18-Bryan Landaverde — 19-Kevin Reyes, 20-Enrico Duenas, 17- Jairo Henriquez — 23-Styven Vasquez.

Salvadoran subs (10): 22-Kevin Carabantes, 16-Lisandro Claros, 11-Joaquin Rivas, 7-Darwin Ceren, 3-Eduardo Vigil, 15-Melvin Cartagena, 10-Eric Calvillo, 9-Nelson Bonilla, 2-Romulo Villalobos, 14-Christian Santamaria

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How to watch Mexico vs. The Savior

  • Date: Wednesday, March 29
  • Time: 9:05 p.m. ET
  • Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN
  • streaming: fuboTV, Paramount+

Wednesday’s match between Mexico and El Salvador from Estadio Azteca in Mexico City will be broadcast on Univision and TUDN (Spanish) in the USA.

Both those channels are streamed on fuboTV, which is available to new users on a free trial. The match will also be streamed in English on Paramount+ for subscribers.

Mexico vs. El Salvador betting pick & prediction

Odds courtesy of Draft Kings

Despite being on the road, Mexico is a heavy favorite to get a result and officially secure World Cup qualification.

Still, Mexico is in poor goalscoring form, especially on the road, and while the result may be in little doubt, an under on the total could be a productive selection. The under has hit in each of Mexico’s last four matches, and El Tri has only scored two goals or more in home World Cup qualifying matches against last-placed Jamaica and Honduras.

Meanwhile, El Salvador has actually been decent on the road, securing four points between recent visits to Jamaica and Honduras, plus a close 1-0 loss to the US in Columbus. Add that to one-goal defeats at Costa Rica and Panama, and this is a team that brings its best away from the friendly confines.

  • Moneyline: Mexico -900 / Draw +750 / El Salvador +1700
  • Spread: Mexico -2.5 (+110) / El Salvador +2.5 (-150)
  • O/U 2.5 total goals: Over -180 / Under +140
  • Both teams to score: Yes +190 / No -265

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