West Ham United striker Chicharito played the full 90 minutes and contributed a goal in Mexico's 3-1 over Trinidad and Tobago in a CONCACAF FIFA World Cup qualifying match on Friday night.
Chicharito gave a good performance, with his usual dangerous moves inside the box, and crowned it with a beautiful header in the 88th minute after Trinidad goalkeeper Adrian Foncette had palmed away a shot by Jesús Corona.
Chicharito's effort saved some blushes for El Tri, who had a much more difficult time than expected at home against the last placed team of the CONCACAF qualifying group.
Although fans in the central city of San Luis Potosí were expecting a rout, they had to wait until the very end to see their team score, and even had a big scare when Shahdon Winchester broke the deadlock for the visitors in the 66th minute.
Mexico, who had played very calmly until then, reacted strongly, and equalized at the 78th minute, when PSV’s Hirving Lozano cooly finished a nice cross by Miguel Layún.
Encouraged by the crowd, El Tri pushed forward in search of the deciding goal and they got it by none other than Chicharito, who scored it with an acrobatic header from close range, two minutes from the end, where he showed all his goalscoring intuition and his ability to make difficult things seem easy.
There was still time for another goal, a powerful free kick by Héctor Herrera in injury time.
After last night’s result, the already qualified Mexico have practically secured the first place of group. El Tri lead with 21 points, six ahead of second placed Costa Rica, who will host Honduras tonight, in a match that was postponed one day because of the tropical storm Nate.