Mistakes prove costly as Mexico crush Bermuda 5-1


Mistakes prove costly as Mexico crush Bermuda 5-1

Sunday, October 13, 2019

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HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) — Bermuda captain Danté Leverock lamented errors after his side were handed a 5-1 thrashing by regional powerhouses Mexico in the Concacaf Nations League at the here Friday night.

A near-capacity crowd of 4,003 at the National Stadium saw the visitors go into the break 2-0 up before they added three more goals in the second half when in-form striker Nahki Wells got Bermuda on the scoresheet, rifling home a left-footed shot over the defence from a left-wing Zeiko Lewis corner.

Mexico also missed a second-half penalty.

Leverock admitted his side's heavy defeat in the League A, Group B encounter was “tough” to swallow.

“I think we are going to take all the positives from it and learn from our mistakes,” said Leverock, whose side won 2-0 away to Panama after losing 1-4 at home in their previous games

“I don't think we gave up, even though it's tough when you concede five goals. That's never nice, especially for a defender, but we continued to fight. We had some good periods.

Wells said he and his teammates' demise owed much to their “lack of experience” at this level.

“Just another difficult evening against a really tough opposition, lack of experience at times proved the difference,” he said.

National Coach Kyle Lightbourne described Bermuda's 1-5 defeat as a “learning curve” but believed they could “take heart” from their performance.

“At this level, you get punished for your mistakes and that's a learning curve for our team. I thought we did OK for large spells of the game,” he noted.

Mexico, playing their group opener, broke the deadlock in the 25th minute when Uriel Antuna collected a defence-splitting pass inside the area, before keeping his cool to round goalkeeper Dale Eve and slot the ball in.

Jose Macias added a second on the stroke of half-time, while Bermuda were temporarily down to 10 men and added his second on 53 minutes before Wells reduced the arrears three minutes later.

However, Hirving Lozano restored Mexico's three-goal advantage on the hour mark and although he hit the post with a spot kick awarded for a Jaylon Bather handball, Mexico added a fifth goal on 70 minutes.

Arguably the best goal of the night came from Captain Hector Herrera, who plays in Spain for top club Atletico Madrid. He picked up possession 25 yards out before sending a curling effort past the helpless Eve into the far corner.

In the other League A contest, Cuba were smashed 0-7 by the United States in Washington, DC, to lose their third-straight game in Group A.

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