Mexico City – Artistic from Mexico, Gerardo MartinoI was excited to see him Raul Jimenez Play and score goals with your English club.
Back center forward with Mexico national team He excels in penalty shootouts from three matches where The Tri team seeks to establish itself as the leader of the CONCACAF qualifying rounds for the World Cup in Qatar.
Jimenez suffered a skull fracture while playing for Wolverhampton last November Headers collision with David Luiz of Arsenal.
Back on the field this season wearing a headscarf, Jimenez gradually He was back to his best, featured in the last two dates. He scored his first goal since last October in a win against Southampton He provided assists in the victory against Newcastle Last weekend, the results that allowed Wolves Approach the positions of the middle of the table.
Enthusiasm Martino To depend on her again Jimenez This was evident in his last appearance in front of the press.
“He played a lot with self-love, not only to leave his operation, but also to help his team, which did not start well,” the Argentine coach said. “We were very happy to see the good goal he achieved.”
Without his leading scorer, Martino had to try different strikers: Hirving Lozano, Henry Martin, Alan Pulido and Argentine nationalist Rogelio Funes Morey.. The results were not satisfactory: Mexico lost the Nations League and Gold Cup finals to the United States during summer.
To add insult to injury Lozano suffered a heavy blow to the knee when he made his Gold Cup debut against Trinidad and Tobago He missed the rest of that tournament.
without Jimenez And LozanoMexico managed to pass the first three-year deadline of Qatar Qualifiers 2022, withdrawal He defeated Jamaica and Costa Rica and drew at home with Panama.
Jimenez He was called up to play in September, but was unable to travel due to England has forced travelers from countries considered to be at high risk for the coronavirus to work in a 10-day quarantine at a government-designated hotel.
The author of a goal for Napoli, the perfect captain of the Italian Serie A after seven rounds, Lozano will also appear again with the national team to host Canada on Thursday, followed by another local clash against Honduras on Sunday The visit to El Salvador concludes on Wednesday next week.
The first three of the CONCACAF octagon will qualify directly for Qatar and the fourth will play an intercontinental play-off.
Mexico leads with seven pointsFollowed by Canada, the United States and Panama with five. Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador added two units and Jamaica closes the table with one point.
On Thursday, the United States will also host Jamaica, Costa Rica will visit Honduras and Panama will travel to El Salvador.
The Panamanians, who made their first appearance at the World Cup in Russia 2018, will be looking to at least hold onto the playoffs. His start was encouraging with away wins against Jamaica, as well as draws at home against Mexico and Costa Rica.
“The numbers are against us, not only against El Salvador, but also against the United States and Canada, where we could not win any of the previous qualifiers,” said their Danish coach Thomas Christiansen.
After qualifying for two previous World Cups, Costa Rica is showing signs of decline and its Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suarez has had to deal with defections from experienced defender Giancarlo Gonzalez and Manfred Ugalde, the young striker who is emerging at Twente in the Netherlands.
“The goal is still there and we will fight to the end,” said goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
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