The World Cup in Japan and Korea will remain in history as the champion of surprises. The American team gave another surprise at the 1/8 finals today. The Mexicans did not have one defeat in the group tournament, but now they have to pack their suitcases and home. However, the American team is advances; it is already listed as one of the eight strongest teams of the world. The result of the match between the USA and Mexico is 2:0; the goals were scored by Brian McBride (the eighth minute) and by Landon Donovan (the 65th minute).
It seems that the Mexicans could not even imagine such a development, taking into consideration the fact that the teams of Mexico and America had already played with each other. The Americans were successful with their first attack. US captain Claudio Reyna ran down the right flank and passed the ball to the center of the penalty area. McBride was alone there, and he scored a goal with precision. The Mexicans were dispirited: they did not at all expect anything like this. They improved a bit later, but it was very hard for them to score even one goal: American goalkeeper Friedel was immaculate. Ernandes and Blanco missed two very good moments for attacking the Americans, but the goalkeeper saved the team again.
This scenario continued after the break: The Mexicans controlled the ball, but the Americans controlled the game, and the score doubled in the middle of the second half as a result of the flank counterattack again. This time, the goal was scored by US forward Landon Donovan. Therefore, America gained not only a goal, but a very good game as well. US coach Bruce Arena succeeded with the help of the tactical advantage. American players looked more mobilized; they had more victory spirit in comparison with the Mexicans.
Therefore, there are two dark horses in the top eight of the strongest teams of the world: Senegal and the USA. The hosts of the championship, the Koreans, intend to win the game with the Italians, believing that they are not stronger than the Portuguese, so maybe the Koreans will join Senegal and America in the nearest future as well.
The South Korean team plays tomorrow, and the USA plays on June 21 in the quarter-finals with Germany. America's highest achievement in the history of World Cups was registered back in 1930, when the squad entered the semi-finals.
The BBC reported that American President George Bush contacted his Mexican colleague Vicente Fox before the game and expressed his hope that the strongest team would have the honor to be the winner. Bush was definitely talking about the American team, taking into consideration the fact that the Americans won their last four games against the Mexicans, including the game in the selection stage of the World Cup. Fox thanked prophet Bush on his part.
Sergey Stefanov PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov