Arsenal striker Carlos Vela scored his third goal in three games as Mexico romped minnows Belize in Monterrey on Saturday evening (local time) .
The fixture was the return leg of the CONCACAF division first round, and with Mexico already having a two goal advantage from the first leg, it seemed Belize had an impossible job on their hands. Vela scored the opening goal last week, and continued that trend as his left footed drive beat Shane Orio after just seven minutes.
Fernando Arce started the excellent move, and found Carlos just inside the box. He jinked away from his marker before firing a low shot inside the corner. Vela should have had another goal shortly after, as he first failed to connect with Villaluz’s cross, before flicking the rebound off the post.
Then followed some excellent team play from the Arsenal man, before Andres Guardado saw his right footed shot deflect off a Belize defender and roll over the line. Orio has been fantastic during the game, but was left helpless as Andres’s shot took a huge deflection on it’s way in.
The third goal was a real team affair as Pineda, Vela, and Villaluz all combined to setup Fernando Arce who smashed the ball beyond Orio after a quick counter attacking move. Arce kept composed to drill his effort home in an impressive night for all concerned.
A goal before half time from Arce was matched by a goal after it by the same man. Vela found Perez on the right hand wing, Perez showed the defender the ball, and as he attempted to tackle, quickly whipped it away and crossed for Arce to slot in from close range.
Osioro and Borgetti came on for Guardado and Arce after the interval, and after a brief spell without action the goals were flowing again. Pineda’s chipped cross was flicked home by Borgetti before he helped himself to a further two goals on his home ground.
A trade mark poaching finish was added to by a wonderful jinking solo strike. He took on the whole Belize back line before rifling home. It finished 7-0 on the night, and 9-0 on aggregate.
Carlos completed the full 90 minutes, in another hugely important Mexico win.
Article By – A.Zimmermann