On Wednesday, June 7th, the Mexican National Team defeated Guatemala 2-0 in a preparation match for the 2023 Gold Cup. The match was played at the Mazatlán stadium, known as “The Kraken” (Mazatlán is located in the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa) in front of 20,068 spectators.
At minute 13, the Honduran referee Nelson Salgado signaled a penalty in favor of Mexico for a handball by Nicolás Samayoa inside the area.
Raúl Jiménez executed the punishment at 14 with a subtle shot to the left of goalkeeper Nicholas Hagen that was defeated by the opposite side.
Guatemala was close to a tie at 39 when Esteban García hit a header inside the six-yard box that goalkeeper Luis Malagón sent in a corner kick with a deflected shot over the crossbar.
Hagen saved the chapín team from the second goal by covering a frontal shot from Érick Sánchez, at 60.
The Mexican team sealed the victory of 2-0 at 80 with a shot from Roberto de la Rosa inside the area after a rebound from the defense.
This was the 37th game between Mexico and Guatemala; The balance is now 24 Aztec victories, nine draws, and four Chapine wins.
Mexico will test Cameroon
On Saturday, Mexico will play another preparation match, it will be against Cameroon at the Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California.