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Kenti Robles Plays Full Ninety In Mexico’s 2-0 Win Over Colombia

Kenti makes some vital defensive plays late in the game.

Mexico v Colombia - Women’s International Friendly Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

Mexico overcame Colombia with a 2-0 victory in their second international friendly against the same side over the course of four days. This was a good bounce-back win for Mónica Vergara’s team, as Colombia had taken the closed-door scrimmage on Saturday 2-1. But out in the open, at the Azteca, where the result would be officially recorded, Mexico got the better of their opponents.

The first half had a rather slow rhythm; Mexico saw more of the ball but struggled to build into the final third. Curiously enough, they were reluctant to play into the fullbacks and rotated possession between the CB’s before trying to force a line-breaking action. As a result, Kenti was frozen out of the offensive phase for large stretches, although she bombed up and down the wing reliably.

Mexico capitalized on a poor clearance in the 36th minute to take the lead via Maricarmen Reyes — something that will deeply frustrate Colombia, given that they had defended fairly well up until that point.

However, the visitors were asking for trouble due to their lack of counter-attacking outlets. Mayra Ramírez was the only out ball and, as dangerous as she can be, it wasn’t her night. She lost most of her duels and Mexico were able to contain Colombia’s offensive threat and maintain pressure until late on.

Mexico gave themselves an unassailable advantage from a sweet Mária Sánchez free-kick in the 61st minute.

The keeper maybe could’ve done better, but that was the story for Colombia on the night. A decent showing but not sharp enough in the boxes. That was further highlighted when they finally made a significant offensive push in the final minutes and couldn’t make it count. Some credit must be apportioned to Kenti for that, as she showed her class by snuffing out a few dangerous attacks.

That wraps up international action for Mexico for now. They will play next vs. Argentina on October 23rd.

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