Jesus Gallardo played the best game of his life against Germany
Mexico pulled off a very surprising 1-0 victory against Germany to start of its participation in the 2018 FIFA World Cup this Sunday, June 17. Several players had outstanding performances on the day and among the standouts was left-back Jesus Gallardo.
The 23-year-old normally plays as a winger in the Liga MX, but Juan Carlos Osorio likes to play him as a fullback and did so against Germany. Heading into the match, this was one of the more controversial decisions by the Colombian manager as Gallardo had looked inconsistent in that role.
The current Rayados’ player excelled against the European side and was one of the key players that led El Tri to the three points. Gallardo finished the match with nine interceptions, seven clearances, two blocked shots and two tackles.
The versatile player really stayed back and helped solidify the backline and inclusively only committed one foul in his 90 minutes of play. Gallardo stopped Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Joshua Kimmich and anyone that came his way on his flank.
This was truly the 23-year-old’s best performance in his young career up against one of the best teams in the 2018 World Cup. Gallardo went from being one of the more polarizing and criticized players on Osorio’s squad to becoming a national hero on Sunday.