Chicharito Hernandez, Hirving Lozano star in Mexico victory vs. Canada
With a dominant 3-0 away win over Canada, Mexico will head back to Mexico City with plenty of confidence for next Tuesday's rematch in the Estadio Azteca.
Thanks to excellent performances from Javier Hernandez, Miguel Layun and Hirving Lozano, Mexico gained another three points in World Cup qualifying and have nearly solidified a spot in CONCACAF's Hexagonal round.
Manager Juan Carlos Osorio is still undefeated with El Tri and will feel happy with Friday night's result in Vancouver -- although he might feel worried about a questionable defense.
Here are the player ratings for Mexico's victory at BC Place.
Player Ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating):
GK Alfredo Talavera, 7.5 -- A simple evening for Talavera. The goalkeeper was perfect in the rare instances when Canada's shots were on target. The Toluca veteran finished the game with a clean sheet and didn't need to step up until the end of the match.
DF Paul Aguilar, 5 -- An off game for the Club America defender. Aguilar provided very little for El Tri going forward and was highly questionable with his decision-making in the backline. He is still Mexico's best option at right back but had no real presence defensively.
DF Diego Reyes, 5.5 -- A member of the underwhelming defense. Although he didn't look as bad as Aguilar, Reyes didn't take control of his area in the center of the backline. On numerous occasions, Canada's attack easily moved past the 23-year-old.
DF Hector Moreno, 6.5 -- Moreno was good with his distribution going forward and appeared to be the most confident member of the defense but still struggled to work well with the backline. Not his worst night, but not his best either.
DF Miguel Layun, 7.5 -- The best player of the defense. Layun tested Canada's net on a few occasions and provided the assist for the first goal. The Porto player seems to be perfecting his crosses with each passing game.
MF Andres Guardado, 7 -- Didn't do anything spectacular in the match but was a steady and consistent leader in the midfield. Guardado helped control possession and was smart with his passing going forward.
MF Rafael Marquez, 4.5 -- Little to say about Marquez in this match. The captain was quiet and didn't do much in attack or defense. At 37, it's clear his time with the national team will soon be over.
MF Hector Herrera, 7.5 -- Herrera was unlucky to finish the game without a goal. The Porto player controlled the midfield with Guardado and hit the post during the first half. Herrera has rediscovered the form, which makes him a key player for club and country.
FW Hirving Lozano, 8 -- Arguably one of Mexico's best in Vancouver. The 20-year-old seemed to lack confidence at first but immediately began to improve as the match progressed. The winger scored the second goal for El Tri and was a constant threat in his time on the pitch.
FW Javier Hernandez, 8 -- Hernandez didn't see much of the ball but was effective with his chances. "Chicharito" scored the first goal of the game and provided the assist for the second. The striker now has 43 goals and is now only three behind all-time leader Jared Borgetti.
FW Jesus Corona, 6 -- Corona should be given credit for his goal, but the winger was more reserved than usual. A player like Javier Aquino could easily take his spot in the starting XI if he has another underwhelming performance next week.
MF Jesus Molina, 7 -- Was substituted in during halftime for Marquez. Molina was far better than the captain and helped slow down the game in the second half. Finished the game with an assist on Corona's goal.
FW Marco Fabian, 6 -- Was substituted in for Lozano during the 60th minute. Fabian didn't create much going forward but had limited time on the pitch. The player hit the crossbar near the end of the match.
MF Javier Aquino, NR -- Was substituted in for Hernandez during the 71st minute.
Cesar Hernandez can't remember a time when soccer hasn't been a part of his daily life. Within that is a lifelong passion for El Tri. Twitter: @cesarhfutbol.