Arsenal striker Carlos Vela has returned for his native Mexico tonight, as Javier Aguirre’s side won the semifinal encounter with Costa Rica after penalty shootout, so they could reach the final of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Vela has his comeback, as he entered the pitch after 81 minutes by replacing Cruz Azul defender Fausto Manuel Pinto.
Then Mexico should get their late goal as Guillermo Franco fired home after 88 minutes, but Costa Rica had a tremendous answer, as Admira Wacker Mödling player Froylán Ledezma equalised in the 90th minute.
Both teams could not score a goal in the overtime, so that the match must be decided in penalty shootout, where Mexico showed the better nerves.
Finally 20 years old Arsenal striker Carlos Vela has sent his native Mexico with the last penalty into the final!!
That also means that Carlos will not travel to Austria in the next days, where he is expected in Arsenal’s trainings camp, when he has finished his adventure with Mexico.
Watch Carlos Vela’s incredible penalty here
Article by – A.Zimmermann