The city of Surabaya has been the last stop of the Tricolor. Mexico has been eliminated from the U-17 World Cup in Indonesia by a fervent Mali teamhomeland of the famous Champions League champion Barcelona player, Seydou Keita. They have given a high-caliber football exhibition, with nothing to envy of Pep Guardiola’s school.
The African team was superior to the Tricolor in all aspects. Their difference in level was so uneven that the Malians They looked like professionals in just another workout. In 15 minutes they had scored 3 goals, two from Mahamoud Barry. The first of them was a museum piece. Before the break the victory was achieved due to a handball inside the Mexican area. In the second half, the Mali team continued to step on the accelerator and two more goals came. They played at music speed drum and bass. Mexico had absolutely nothing to do.
In the city of Bandung the first signs appeared that the ship was not doing well. Germany highlighted the poor performance of the defense; Against Venezuela they were able to seal a victory, but with everything and an opponent sent off for the entire second half, the South American team managed to tie at the last moment. New Zealand was a weaker rival, and The 4-0 win disguised the national team’s poor skills.
There have already been several times that one of the National Teams has been eliminated very early from an important tournament. Just a year ago, at Qatar 2022, the team led by Gerardo Martino was trapped in the group stage for the first time in decades. At that same time, the men’s and women’s categories competing for a ticket to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games were left without that valuable opportunity. The last time Mexico won a U17 World Cup was 12 years ago, precisely in the edition held at home.