Olympic Qualifying: Mexico vs. Haiti (Running Commentary

Olympic Qualifying: Mexico vs. Haiti (Running Commentary

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Olympic Qualifying: Mexico vs. Haiti (Running Commentary

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Good evening folks. Tonight’s Mexico-Haiti match was supposed to be the dramatic must-win for Mexico, but Canada’s 5-0 win against Guatemala earlier today has made tonight’s match something altogether different.

It could very well be a funeral for Hugo Sanchez’s career as Mexico national team coach.

I will provide running commentary for the match, but please feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions on tonight’s match below.

Enjoy the match.

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FINAL- Mexico 5, Haiti 1. MEXICO IS OUT. NO OLYMPICS for MEXICO!!!!

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94th minute– PLACIDE SAVE to deny Landin, or as I like to call him, Juan Leno.

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93rd minute– Yes, a player on the Haiti bench just got a red card. This game is NUTS. And mexico needs one more goal.

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92nd minute– Mexico manages an offisde call, which will let Haiti waste more time.

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90th minute- GOAL MEXICO. Landin just made it 5-1 to Mexico thanks to another breakaway. Apparently Haiti is playing a 1-3-4 formation right now. Who paid off Haiti?

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88th minute- Would it be a stretch to call this the most ridiculous game of soccer in the history of the sport? Okay, maybe a bit of hyperbole, but this match is insane.

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86th minute– Not sure how the Haitian player got the red card in that exchange. We’re in for some serious stoppage time.

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84th minute– A scuffle breaks out (what a surprise) and the referee pulls out the red card on a Haitian player. This is getting ugly.

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83rd minute- GOAL MEXICO. What the heck is Haiti doing? That’s the second four on none break in three minutes. 4-1 Mexico. They need two more goals.

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82nd minute– WOW. Placide with an amazing save from point-blank range, which comes after Mexico blows a four-player breakaway.

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81st minute– The shot of Hugo Sanchez was priceless. He knows he is toast.

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80th minute– For those of you wondering, the last time Mexico failed to qualify for the Olympics was 1984.

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78th minute– SAVE HAITI. Placide saves the PK attempt from Vilaluz. WOW.

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77th minute– Mexico draws a penalty after a Haitian player kicks a Mexican in the face.

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76th minute– Anyone else think Mexico’s No. 9 could be Jay Leno’s half-Mexican son? What a chin on that kid.

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75th minute– Mexico misses an absolute tap-in. WOW.

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72nd minute– Sorry for missing the first 25 minutes of the second half. As you probably know, it’s 3-1 Mexico, meaning the Mexicans need three goals in 18 minutes to survive. Good luck.

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HALFTIME– Mexico 1, Haiti 0. Not nearly good enough for the Mexicans, who must find at least four more goals to advance to the Olympic qualifying semifinals.

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45th minute– Even with a man advantage, Mexico cannot find a second goal.

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42nd minute– Mexico just had a breakaway with numbers but couldn’t find the right combinations. The chances are there, but Mexico just isn’t finishing the plays off.

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39th minute– Johnny Placide, Haiti’s goalkeeper, has had a good showing tonight. He will be a hero to CONCACAF teams everywhere if he can keep it up.

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37th minute– Mexico is pouring on the pressure.

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36th minute– Hugo Sanchez makes a sub. You think he’s feeling the heat?

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35th minute– Mexico wastes a wide-open look. Can’t do that when you need to win by six goals.

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28th minute- A HAITI red card for a foul on the outside edge of the penalty area. It was a last man foul so it’s fair. NOW, things will get interesting.

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26th minute– tick, tick, tick.

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21st minute– Haiti with an EARLY sub. Who’s their coach, Javier Aguirre?

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17th minute- GOAL MEXICO. Villaluz with the header to make it 1-0. Only five more.

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13th minute– Mexico denied TWICE. The Haiti keeper makes an amazing save on the first, sending it off the bar, and the follow hits the crossbar. Mexico is cursed.

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10th minute– The begging for yellow cards is beyond annoying.

And Haiti doesn’t look too interest in attacking. They’re waiting for a counter.

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7th minute– Mexico trying the long shots already. This is a case where a young squad just doesn’t have the temperament to calmly approach a task like this.

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5th minute- You can sense the desperation from Mexico. They need to calm down if they’re going to find that early goal to break the ice.

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