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Canadian goalkeeper Milan Boran makes a save against MexicoCanadian goalkeeper Milan Boran makes a save against MexicoCanada men's soccer team suffered a huge loss before a record home attendance against Mexico last night.

 

The 3-0 loss makes it only harder for Canada to qualify for  the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

 

Former Manchester United forward, Javier Hernandes opened the scoring 32 minutes before Hirving Lozano doubled Mexico’s lead seven minutes later with a shot into the right side of goal from just inside the area.

 

“What I want to say is that, for us, it has been a good experience,” coach Benito Floro told reporters after the game.

“At the same time, Mexico considered us a good team—not a very good team, but a good team, a serious team. For that, Mexico started to develop from the beginning of the game—hard pressing, and that demonstrates that we need to increase our tactical level, realizing if it’s not possible to combine attack, we need to [go long]. So, it is an experience very important for us.”

While Floro credited the play of the Mexicans, some of his players felt they could have got more out of the match, especially after a promising opening 15 minutes in front of a partisan home crowd.

"I tend to think it's more of the way that we didn't execute what we were trying to do versus what they did,” midfielder Will Johnson offered. “They're going to do what they're going to do. They're a good team. We knew what they were going to do, but I feel we let ourselves down. We showed we weren't as sharp as we needed to be and our structure wasn't very good."

"We were a little excited, a little bit too eager to get that first goal,” Johnson said. “I guess we don't have as much experience as they do playing in these types of games with this kind of a crowd, with this kind of a buzz. It's not a lack of fight or a lack of effort or any of those things. If we get the first goal that game's going to be a lot more fun for everybody.

"Good teams punish you. We learned we need to control ourselves a little bit and realize where we are and who we are."

Canada and Mexico meet again next Tuesday at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium.

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