Mexico overcome SVG on penalty shoot out after scoreless stalemate: Digicel Shield Finals, Pt. 2

Mexico opened the Digicel Shield with a very strong performance as they outclassed St Vincent and the Grenadines but in the end only came through courtesy of a penalty shoot out win after a goal less stalemate.

After a very bright opening Mexico looked as if they may jump into an early lead with lone striker Ever Guzman looking increasingly dangerous as he linked play with Diego Campos to good effect. In fact Guzman thought he had opened the scoring mid way through the first half but his effort was ruled out after Campos had strayed into an offside position.

With Mexico and, in particular, Jehu Chipas dominating the midfield, SVG barely threatened the net protected by Arias and looked to hold the Mexicans to parity as half time drew closer.

The second half followed much the same vein as the first and Guzman again should have done better with his effort as he followed up on a shot by substitute Cesar Vrueta that was well parried by keeper McDougall.

McDougall came to SVG?s rescue on 80 minutes when he pulled off a superb one handed save at full stretch to tip Alan Zamora?s goal bound effort wide of the post and out for a corner.

SVG remained resolute in defense and showed further evidence why they progressed to the final stages of the Digicel Caribbean Cup after a well-organized solid defensive display.

So, after 90 minutes failed to separate the sides, we entered into the dreaded penalty shoot out where ironically both teams seemed to find their shooting boots with an unrelenting 15 goal scoring sequence until finally we had one shot miss target with SVG failing to convert

Mexico now await the winner of the second semi final where T&T face Haiti in what is a rematch of the Digicel Caribbean Cup final from January last.

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