Mexico 1-2 Honduras: El Tri player ratings

Posted by Tom Marshall

El Tri fell to only its second loss ever at home in World Cup qualifying against Honduras on Friday, with a dire second half display in which Los Catrachos came from behind to secure a famous 2-1 victory in the Estadio Azteca.

It all started so well for Mexico, with Oribe Peralta tapping in from a Giovani Dos Santos assist in the seventh minute to seemingly relieve the pressure on El Tri and coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre. But two goals in three minutes after the break from Jerry Bengtson and Carlos Costly mean Mexico -- clear favorites to qualify from CONCACAF before the Hexagonal started -– is struggling for a place at Brazil next summer.

Player ratings (Out of 10, 10 = best):

Jesus Corona, GK -- 4: Made a basic error for Honduras’ first goal when he spilled a shot he really should’ve either smothered or pushed wide of the post. Apart from that, the captain was solid, but he let his side and manager down when the pressure was on, not just because of Mexico’s situation in qualifying, but also because in-form Guillermo Ochoa refused to join the squad.

Severo Meza, RB -- 5: Hard to blame the Monterrey player for the defeat, but he offered little in the attacking half of the field and once again showed he isn’t the long-term solution in the position.

Hector Moreno, CB -- 5: Like Meza, made no obvious mistakes and his position isn’t under threat, but was part of an infamous defeat that will be difficult to erase from his memory. Perhaps could’ve covered better as Costly flew past Diego Reyes for his goal.

Diego Reyes, CB -- 3: A nightmare second half for the 20-year-old. Could’ve perhaps reacted quicker to Corona’s spill for Honduras’ first goal and was outmuscled as Costly burst through for the second. Showed his inexperience at vital times.

Carlos Salcido, LB -- 4: A quiet night for the former PSV left back, but he was in part culpable for Bengtson’s goal with a weak defensive header that led to the turnover.

Gerardo Torrado, CM -- 4: Did the dirty work well during the first half and will miss Tuesday’s vital game against the United States after picking up a yellow card, but could do little as Honduras wrestled control of the midfield in the second period.

Fernando Arce, CM -- 4: Started well, but, like Torrado, dropped his level in the second half. It wasn’t what was expected from perhaps one of the most consistent performers in the Liga MX.

Angel Reyna, AM -- 5: Showed moments in the first half of the kind of form he’s displayed with Veracruz recently, but couldn’t help put Honduras to the sword after Mexico’s first, when it looked like El Tri would roll over Los Catrachos.

Giovani Dos Santos, RW -- 5: Went missing after making the goal for Peralta. There were flashes of the brilliant form he has been showing with Villarreal, but these are games Dos Santos should now be starting to dominate.

Christian Gimenez, LW -- 5: Showed a good attitude in his first competitive game for Mexico. Pressured Honduras well as Mexico dominated the first 20 minutes, but couldn’t come up with a decisive play to break down Honduras’ defense.

Oribe Peralta, CF -- 5: Won the ball in midfield and finished with a tap-in for Mexico’s goal but was anonymous for long periods. Having said that, he was starved of supply, especially after halftime.


Substitutes:

Andres Guardado (for Gimenez, 56th) -- 5: Looked like he was playing in center midfield as one of Mexico’s starting stalwarts was dropped to the bench. With hindsight, Chepo will likely regret not picking the Valencia winger in the starting 11.

Javier Aquino (for Reyna, 65) -- 5: Like Guardado, often received the ball infield. Aquino headed against the bar as El Tri tried to claw back a point.

Javier Hernandez (for Torrado, 70) -- 5: Brought energy to the offense and forced a save from Noel Valladares with a left foot shot from outside the area, but was denied space as Honduras closed ranks late on.

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