Mexico, 1 September. The Mexican football team, twelfth in the FIFA rankings, will face Iraq, the 70th team in the world, in Spain on 9 November in their final match before playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Mexican Football Federation confirmed this Thursday the duel, which will take place at the Montivili Stadium in Girona, where coach Gerardo Martino’s ‘Tri’ will also face their farewell friendly against Sweden on 16 November.
According to the federation the aim of the match against a team from the top of the world list is because Iraq has a style of play similar to Saudi Arabia, with whom Mexico will play in Group C of the World Cup, accomplished by Argentina and Poland.
Mexico lost 0-1 to Paraguay this Wednesday in a match they dominated, but in which they confirmed their shortcomings in definition in the field.
The setback sparked criticism from coach Martino, who claimed that the offensive against his work by some media and some collaborators violated the code of honor, which could affect against the team as the pressure on players to defend the coach. pressure is applied.
Mexico finished second in CONCACAF qualifying, behind Canada and ahead of the United States, but is the highest-ranked team from North, Central America and the Caribbean in the FIFA rankings. Their 12th place is better than the United States’ 14th, Costa Rica’s 34th and Canada’s 43rd, which is also classified for the World Cup.
The Mexicans would make an appearance again on September 24 in a friendly against Peru in Los Angeles, and three days later they would play Colombia in Santa Clara, California.
Mexico, along with Brazil, is one of two teams that have qualified for the Round of 16 in each of the last seven World Cups. Martino has toyed with the idea of making the team at least in the quarter-finals in Qatar 2022 from 2019, although last year’s results do not support that possibility.
In the World Cup, Mexico will face Poland on 22 November, Argentina on 26 and Saudi Arabia on 30.