Trinidad and Tobago head coach Angus Eve is looking to bounce back with a win against Panama today after suffering a humiliating 7-1 defeat to tournament favourites Mexico in the CONCACAF Zone 2012 Olympic qualifying tournament, at the Home Depot Centre, in California, USA, on Friday night. Also on Friday, Panama were beaten 3-1 by defending champions Honduras.
The T&T/Panama game kicks off at 4.30 p.m. (TT time), while Mexico and Honduras square off at seven.
"From what I've seen of Mexico, I think they'll beat everybody in the group," Eve said. "Then we are to do business against the other teams. So we still have a chance. But we have to get a result in the next game to keep our chances alive."
On Friday night, Marco Fabian scored three times and Alan Pulido, Diego Reyes, Israel Jimenez and Javier Cortes also scored for Mexico.
Mexico dominated, but faced stern T&T defence early on and only got on the scoresheet in the 29th minute when keeper Andre Marchan spilled a corner kick to the feet of Reyes, who finished from close up. Mexico led 2-0 at the half after Fabian scored with a flicked header to the far post.
Mexico netted five times in the second period of play, while T&T got on the scoresheet in the 88th minute to take the score to 6-1.
Soca Warriors right back Sheldon Bateau crossed to the back post, where Kevin Molino volleyed home with a simple touch. Cortes then got a seventh goal for Mexico in the 90th, exchanging passes with Pulido before finishing with a right-footed shot that Marchan was able to partially block but not prevent from getting under him.
"I think that the guys started to open up. We lost discipline and shape," said Eve. "You can't do that against Mexico. Our discipline defensively was very poor."