Mexico ready for do-or-die Copa match against Ecuador

Mexico ready for do-or-die Copa match against Ecuador

of Mexico Johan Vasquez He said the national team is in a “do or die” situation for Sunday's Copa America group stage match against Ecuador, when a place in the knockout stage will be at stake.

In front of a majority pro-Mexico crowd at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, the Genoa defender admitted they must win in front of their fans to secure a place in the quarter-finals.

“Sometimes you have to know how to play with that pressure,” Vasquez told reporters at the team's pregame news conference on Saturday. “A few years ago, a teammate told me it was a privilege to have that kind of pressure that not many get, and that left an impression on me.”

“For us [tomorrow] … In essence, it’s a do-or-die situation, and we have to know how to play with that pressure.”

Mexico coach Jaime “Jimmy” Lozano, sitting alongside Vasquez, agreed with his player’s sentiment.

“This pressure is fortunate. It's fortunate because we are in the best place a Mexican footballer or a Mexican coach can be,” he said.

El Tri They will go into their final group stage game with three points from their first two matches of the tournament.

After starting with a 1-0 win over Jamaica in their first match, Lozano and his side failed to live up to expectations and lost 1-0 to Venezuela on Wednesday for the first time in official competition.

With a string of increasingly worrying results from the end of 2023 until now, and the belief that a draw or defeat on Sunday would guarantee an early exit from the Copa America, Lozano finds himself in a difficult position.

“As a coach, you know you depend a lot on results,” Lozano said when asked if his job was at stake against Ecuador. “At the end of the day, I have to try to get the players to perform as well as possible, obviously to do things well, and that's why I stay calm.”

Mexico, two-time Copa America finalists, would like to avoid being eliminated from the group stage for the third time in their last four appearances in the tournament.

Ecuador, on equal three points with Mexico, are also hoping to make the quarter-finals this weekend but only need a draw to advance due to their superior goal difference.

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