Washington, Jul 8 : Mexico defeated the United States 1-0 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final to claim the trophy for the first time since 2015.
Mexico, who were playing their first tournament under new coach Tata Martino, have now defeated the United States on five of the last six occasions the two sides have met at North America's leading international tournament.
Despite the defeat, the U.S. had chances to score. Jordan Morris beat Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa with a header from Christian Pulisic's corner in the 51st minute, but Andres Guardado headed the ball off the line. Jonathan Dos Santos scored the decisive goal in the 73rd minute to put Mexico 1-0 up.
Desperately searching for an equalizer, the U.S. poured forward, and substitute Cristian Roldan might have leveled things up, only to see his point-blank effort hit Hector Moreno on the head and bounce away to safety in the 87th minute.
The U.S. therefore suffered defeat just a few hours after their female counterparts had lifted the FIFA Women's World Cup for the fourth time. "Over the course of 90 minutes, Mexico was the better team," U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said. "What we lacked was some calmness and composure." (XINHUA)