Young 21 years old Mexican Carlos Vela has made the last cut for his native Mexico, as El-Tri head coach Javier Aguirre has decided to send Jonathan Dos Santos home.
After a simple match against Gambia in Bayreuth (Germany), which saw Vela’s Mexican side winning over the African side by 5:1, thanks to a marvellous performance by new Manchester United hitman Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, the Mexican side has travelled to Brussels (Belgium) for their important warm up encounter with current World Cup Champions Italy in front of the World Cup opener on June 11 against South Africa.
Carlitos kept his place in Javier Aguirre’s lineup on the left-wing and should find the opener, as his best friend Giovani Dos Santos took a fantastic cross from the right hand side into the 18 yard box, so that Vela just slotted home the ball with a lovely take with his right foot.
Carlos looked very lively and Italy was unable to find a way to handle Vela and Gio on the wings as well as Hernandez in the centre. Javier Aguirre has started for the first time with Mexico’s dream formation with Gio and Carlos on the wings and Chicharito as central striker up front.
Vela came close just after 30 minutes as Efrain Juarez found the 21 years old attacker, but Vela’s left footer from long-range went just wide.
8 minutes later Carlos was able to deliver Efrain Juarez, but the right footed effort from outside the box was blocked by Italy’s defense.
Vela had another opportunity as Aguilar delivered the winger, but his left footed effort from 20 yards went over the bar.
With 7 minutes left on the clock, the game was over for Carlitos as Javier Aguirre brought on Israel Castro for the Arsenal striker.
Then mexico found their second, as Alberto Medina’s right footed effort went into the top left corner, Italy Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was unable to make the save.
A late goal by Bonucci for the Squadra Azzurra helped in no way, so that Mexico are going with a very good feeling into the World Cup after beating Marcello Lippi’s side.
Article by – A.Zimmermann