Forward of the Concacaf Nations League and Gold Cup this summer season, Mexico will kick off a busy 2021 with a visit to Cardiff to tackle No. 18 Wales in El Tri’s first match of the 12 months on Saturday.
Mexico, at the moment ranked ninth within the FIFA World Rankings, enters Saturday unbeaten in its final 10 worldwide fixtures relationship again to September 2019, which incorporates its most up-to-date victories in opposition to South Korea and Japan in November.
El Tri has by no means misplaced to Wales of their 4 earlier conferences with their final match coming in a scoreless draw on the Rose Bowl within the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup, the place they misplaced to Brazil within the spherical of 16.
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Wales is predicted to relaxation a number of key gamers in opposition to Mexico after dropping to top-ranked Belgium in its first World Cup qualifier on Wednesday; nevertheless, defender Chris Gunter is about to develop into the primary participant to ever attain 100 caps with the Welsh nationwide staff.
It is not the one huge match of the weekend for Mexico: The U-23 staff has a essential matchup with Canada on Sunday with the winner qualifying for this summer season’s Tokyo Olympics. Up subsequent for the senior staff might be a visit to Wiener Neustadt, Austria, to face Costa Rica in a pleasant on Tuesday.
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