Mexico are one of the favourites to lift the Gold Cup 2015, but their performances in the competition have not given justice to the top contenders tag despite reaching the tournament finals. Mexico will face Jamaica in the Gold Cup finals on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, US.
Jamaica have been one of the biggest surprise in the competition as they topped Group B, which included teams such as Costa Rica, El Salvador and Canada. Costa Rica, who was ranked 14 in FIFA rankings, were expected to top the group, but the Caribbean nation surprised one and all by drawing level with Costa Rica and winning their matches against El Salvador and Canada.
But the biggest surprise was yet to come as Jamaica knocked the US in the semi-finals of the Gold Cup after defeating the title favourites 2-1 in Atlanta. This victory will give the Jamaicans the much-needed confidence to beat Mexico in the final.
Mexico's win over Panama in the semi-finals were marred by the controversial decisions, which helped Mexico win the game. The same can be said for their win over Costa Rica as well. Hence, there are plenty of things for Mexico to prove when their players play in the finals at Lincoln Financial Field.
Prior to the round of 16, Mexico had only won a single match and drawn two to finish second in Group C. They are yet to play some high-quality football.
Mexican coach Miguel Herrera does realise that the team needs to improve upon their semi-final performance against Panama, where they were below par.
''We played a good game against Costa Rica and the next game we did badly,'' AP quoted Herrera as saying. ''But we qualified to the final game. I talked a lot with the boys, and we all realised that we play badly. We have to correct our mistakes.''
If the Mexican players rise their game to their normal level, they might well be on their way to clinch their seventh Gold Cup title. They are currently the most successful team in the Gold Cup with six titles.
Where to Watch Live
The 2015 Gold Cup title decider between Mexico and Jamaica is scheduled for 7:30pm local time (5am IST, 12:30am BST) start.
The US viewers can watch the Gold Cup final on Fox Sports 1 USA with live streaming on Fox Sports GO.
Viewers in Mexico can watch the Gold Cup final live on TDN.
Viewers in the UK and Ireland can catch the entire action on BT Sport 1.