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For Messi, retiring is a nonverbal apology

Copa America

Ramos: Messi picks worst time to "retire"

Lionel Messi
 By Tom Marshall

Mexican press reacts to historic 7-0 Copa America loss to Chile

"Humiliating." "Embarrassing." "A nightmare."

The Mexican press launched a full on attack Sunday after El Tri's 7-0 loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario, which represented a historic low for the country's national team.

ESPN's Rafa Ramos wrote it "could've been 10" against a Chile side that ripped Mexico to shreds, adding that "70,457 fans, mainly Mexican, ended up wearing red and making fun of [Mexico's] players."

David Faitelson stated that the defeat "could mark this generation of footballers and the national team coach" and that "someone needs to pay for the worst humiliation in the history of Mexican football."

The first paragraph of Esto's match report read: "The andinos [Mexico's players] brought down from the clouds with an authoritative dance from beginning to end and prescribed seven goals ..."

The same publication pointed out that not since El Tri's 7-1 loss to Spain in 1928 had Mexico been so humiliated like it was in Levi's Stadium on Saturday, although the irony is that Mexico went into the game having just set a new record of 22 games without defeat.

Medio Tiempo highlighted the "embarrassing attitude of a Mexico team that from the first minutes showed itself to be inferior, without personality and fearful of La Roja's pressure."

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"Enchilados hasta las lagrimas," was the headline in El Universal, with the sentiment being that Mexico was consumed by so much "chili" that it was brought to tears.

Every outlet used Mexico sporting director Santiago Banos' quotes in which he indicated there is "no plan B" for replacing Osorio and that the federation still has faith the Colombian can lead Mexico to Russia 2018, although general secretary of the Mexican federation Guillermo Cantu said on arrival back in Mexico that no one's job is guaranteed.

A Record poll asked which El Tri defeat was the most painful in the nation's history. The options were the 7-0 loss; the defeat to the United States at the 2002 World Cup; elimination to Arjen Robben's penalty at the 2014 World Cup; the extra-time loss to Argentina in 2006 and the final of the 2001 Copa America.

Not surprisingly, the 7-0 was in the lead.

The same website's match report called Mexico's defeat a "pathetic performance."

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez and his side fell to their heaviest defeat in any official tournament in Mexico history.

Over at La Aficion, "The inventions that killed El Tri" was a title to one of the pieces, which opined that Osorio's constant changes and use of players out of what are considered their normal positions led to the thrashing.

Fans online called for Osorio to resign or be fired with the "Fuera Osorio" hash-tag, while players apologized on social media, one by one.

Memes swept the internet, with ESPN Deportes putting together a slide of the best, the highlight (or lowlight) of which was a photo of Osorio using his notebook to write down "I will not cry, I will not cry ..."

Naturally, the Chilean press were ecstatic. "Memorable!" read the headline in El Grafico, "A spectacular Chile gave a footballing lesson to Mexico."

Even Argentina's La Nacion got involved, with the simple title "Tridiculo," which seems to sum up all of the above.

Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.


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