Mexico and Ecuador draw marred by anti-gay chants


Mexico’s draw against Ecuador on Sunday night in Chicago was again interrupted by the return of an anti-gay chant directed at the opposing goalie during the game.

The friendly – part of Mexico’s preparation for the World Cup in November – was tense and scrappy until the final whistle, with both sides initially producing a few clear first-half chances.

Winger Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, who was substituted in the 28th minute after suffering a knee injury, had Mexico’s best chance early on with a shot from inside the penalty area that was saved by Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Domínguez.

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On the other side of the field, Ecuador also came close to finding the back of the net in the 39th minute, but Sorting goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa skillfully blocked a Romario Ibarra shot.

The encounter turned more aggressive in the second half, with both sides picking up fouls and an eventual total of six yellow cards. Still scoreless in the closing stages of the friendly, the match was temporarily halted by the referees after an anti-gay goalkeeper chant erupted in the crowd following a failure to appeal a possible penalty. for Mexico.

The game resumed about five minutes later, and after seven minutes of added time it started 0-0.

Next up for Mexico is the start of their 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League campaign at home to Suriname on June 11 and away to Jamaica on June 14. Later this summer, Mexico will face Paraguay in a friendly on August 31 in Atlanta.

The president of the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) also said that his country’s national team will face Sorting in a friendly game in September, with a specific date and US location to be determined.

Mexico manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s side have landed in Group C for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, along with Argentina, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

Ecuador, which is in Group A with Qatar, Senegal and the Netherlands, will continue its American tour with a friendly match on June 11 against Cape Verde. The game will take place at Drive Pink Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.



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