With a dubious penalty and overtime, the USA defeated Mexico and was proclaimed champion of the Concacaf Nations League.
The National Team added its first significant failure in the era of Gerardo "Tata" Martino.
Mexico did not manage to continue with the supremacy in the Confederation since it was defeated this Sunday, June 6, by the United States in the Final of the Concacaf Nations League.
And it is that 90 minutes were not enough for so much emotion, because both teams went to Extra Time to define a new champion.
With a dubious penalty reviewed through the VAR, the Mexican team could not hold the tie and lost the Cup at the hand of Christian Pulisic.
The final score at Sports Authority Field Denver was (3-2).
With sad faces and mixed feelings, the national teams went on to collect their medal as runners-up. The name of Andrés Guardado stood out on social networks since the Atlas youth squad missed a penalty that could save Mexico and send the game to the extension.
The last minutes of the match were characterized by solid tackles, conflicts between players, and the peculiar behaviors of the Mexican fans.
The final began with great enthusiasm on the tricolor side, as Mexico had just defeated Costa Rica through penalties and with a monumental save by Guillermo Ochoa. The current had favored the Aztecs since the hand of Jesús "Tecatito" Corona went up on the scoreboard just in minute 1.
Tecatito stole a ball from the left-wing, he went little by little into the US area, and when he was in front of the goalkeeper, he decided to launch a whiplash that pierced the nets.
Sometime later, at minute 27, Gio Reyna took advantage of a series of rebounds derived from a corner kick to beat Memo Ochoa and place the short tie (1-1).
This was how the first half of the game ended.
The second half of the game began with some fouls, as the locals started to commit more outstanding infractions, and Kellyn Acosta took the yellow card after an infraction on a Mexican. Even though the referee had already had a dialogue with the American players, in the end, he ended up taking out the preventive card.
After a series of emotions, Diego Lainez, colloquially baptized as "El Factor," managed to score the second goal for Mexico and achieve momentary victory.
It was the 79th minute, and the American youth squad, after receiving a pass from Andrés Guarded, dodged some North American defenses and launched a strong shot, pointed and placed.
When everything seemed that Mexico took the championship, another defensive error in a play from set-pieces Weston McKennie tied the score with eight from the end. In overtime, the Panamanian referee John Pittí's show began. First, he scored a dubious penalty in favor of the United States that Pulisic converted, and then in the last play, he decreed a penalty for Mexico that was missed.
In overtime, the Panamanian referee John Pittí's show began. First, he scored a dubious penalty in favor of the United States that Pulisic converted, and then in the last play, he decreed a penalty for Mexico that was missed.
Gerardo Martino took the final image of the match. The Argentine strategist was expelled for claiming when the central referee was going to review the VAR screens.
The DT will have to pay the penalty in the Gold Cup in a few weeks with several doubts after this bad result.