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Lots of emotions but no goals at halftime at Estadio Azteca

Mexico and the United States national teams will finally face each other this Thursday, March 24 at the Azteca Stadium, in the match corresponding to the 12th matchday of the Final Octagonal of the Concacaf Qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

46' Start of the second half

The beginning of the second half generates the ovation of the 50,000 fans in the Azteca Stadium, the two teams look for victory.

45' End of the first half

The referee of the match whistles the end of the first half that has not had goals in the Azteca Stadium.

44' Failed bicycle kick by Raúl Jimenez

Wolverhampton striker Raul Jimenez missed a bicycle kick that would have blown up Estadio Azteca like he did in 2013 against Panama, but he couldn't connect the ball.

38' Timothy Weah, third booked by the United States

Again a foul on Raúl Jiménez generates a yellow card against Team USA, this time Timothy Weah was sanctioned.

34' Miracle! Guillermo Ochoa took a goal away from Christian Pulisic

The Chelsea player was already scoring the first goal of the game with a shot from his left foot, but goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa simply made a save worthy of the World Cup.

27' Terrible mistake by Jesus Corona

Sevilla player Jesús "Tecatito" Corona had a clear scoring opportunity if he had received Charly Rodríguez's pass well, but he didn't and the score remains 0-0.

25' DeAndre Yedlin is saved from red card

Very hard kick from central defender DeAndre Yedlin on Hirving Lozano that only generates a yellow card.

20' First warning for Mexico

Edson Alvarez is booked for a slide to stop an advance by Christian Pulisic after a terrible mark by Hector Herrera.

13' A save by Guillermo Ochoa!

Spectacular counterattack by the United States that almost ended in a goal, great shot by Yunus Musah to the corner of the goal and goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa sent it to the corner kick.

9' Yellow card for Miles Robinson

Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson had to stop Raul Jimenez with a tackle and is the first player booked in the match.

4' The first danger is for Mexico

Filtered pass for Charly Rodríguez (Mexico) who is penalized for being offside by centimeters, but El Tri has already threatened Team USA.

0' Game is underway

Kicking off the match at Estadio Azteca with 50,000 fans, Mexico and the United States are already playing a vital game in CONCACAF qualifying.

Guillermo Ochoa asks the fans for good behavior

Mexican goalkeeper Guillero Ochoa sent a message before the game that was heard throughout the Azteca Stadium asking them to behave properly.

All 22 players are on the pitch

The teams from Mexico and the United States are already stepping on the grass of the Azteca Stadium and singing the national anthems in the "Clásico de la Concacaf".

Problems at the entrance to the Azteca Stadium

Mexico implemented a Fan ID system for those attending the Azteca Stadium, but according to a report by León Lecanda of ESPN, the system fell and the entrance is in chaos, they are already letting people in without the Fan ID.

Reggie Cannon out due to COVID-19

American defender Reggie Cannon is unable to participate at the last minute because he tested positive for COVID-19.

The American fans present at the Estadio Azteca

The famous Outlaws supporter are present to support the United States that is looking for the first victory in its history in an official match at the Estadio Azteca.

Mexico lineup against the United States

Ochoa; Gerardo Arteaga, Johan Vazquez, Cesar Montes, Jorge Sanchez, Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera, Carlos Rodriguez, Jesus Corona, Hirving Lozano and Raul Jimenez.

United States lineup against Mexico

Stefan; Yedlin, Zimmerman, M Robinson, A Robinson; Adams, Musah, Acosta; Weah, Pepi, Pulisic.

All the information prior to the match, as well as the most important actions on the field between El Tri and Team USA can be followed live on Marca English.

More than just three points are at stake for Mexico and the U.S.

Both Gerardo Martino's team and Gregg Berhalter's players are looking for a victory to ensure their qualification to the next World Cup. Tied on 21 points (although Team USA has a better goal difference), the two teams are behind CONCACAF playoff leaders Canada.

Mexico is unbeaten at home in the Final Octagonal, but in its last match against the United States on November 12, Berhalter's team won 2-0 with goals from Christian Pulisic ('74) and Weston McKennie ('85) at TQL Stadium in Cincinnati.

Berhalter and Martino, must win

The coaches of both teams understand the importance of this game, which if won would give a place in the Qatar 2022 World Cup to the team that succeeds.

"Yes (it is the most important game), I think the Panama game was very important because it was the last of the three-game combo and there was a need to win it. Both the Panama game and this one, we treat them as games that can be worth a World Cup," Martino said.

The U.S.'s three wins in its last games against Mexico lifts the spirits of its players, which makes them believe in a historic triumph at the Azteca Stadium.

"When you look at our team after those three games we won, the guys have a lot of confidence, but our record there (Azteca) is horrendous, but I'm confident in what the team has matured after those three games.... We know that the goal is to qualify for the World Cup and it is a great opportunity for this team," Berhalter told the press.

Mexico's possible starting 11

Guillermo Ochoa, Jorge Sánchez, César Montes, Héctor Moreno, Jesús Gallardo, Carlos Rodríguez, Edson Álvarez, Héctor Herrera, Jesús 'Tecatito' Corona, Hirving 'Chucky' Lozano and Raúl Jiménez.

U.S.'s possible starting 11

Zack Steffen, DeAndre Yedlin, Walker Zimmerman, Miles Robinson, Antonee Robinson, Yunus Musah, Tylar Adams, Gianluca Busio, Giovanni Reyna, Ricardo Pepi and Christian Pulisic.

Mexico vs U.S. injury report

Mexico: Rodolfo Pizarro and Jonathan Orozco

U.S.: Brenden Aaronson, Matt Turner, Sergiño Dest, Chris Richard and Weston McKennie.

How to watch Mexico vs U.S.

Place: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico

Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Time: 8:00 p.m. CST

TV: CBS, Paramount+, Univision, TUDN USA

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