2018 FIFA World Cup: Carlos Vela leads Mexico to victory after family tragedy
Last Sunday, Mexico pulled off one of its most impressive victories in World Cup history as it managed to defeat Germany 1-0. On the same day, Carlos Vela and his family suffered a tragedy as the LAFC forward’s grandfather passed away.
The loss was a significant one for Vela as he expressed through social media platforms and must have been a lot for 29-year-old to deal with. Still, the Cancun native overcame this loss and propelled Mexico to victory in its second game in the 2018 FIFA World Cup against South Korea.
Vela scored the first goal of the game from the penalty spot, just 26 minutes into the game that really ended up setting the tone for the match. The Mexican forward was vital in El Tri’s attack with three key passes, four successful dribbles from four attempts and 12 of 17 duels won.
Gol de Carlos Vela…. para verlo una y otra vez. pic.twitter.com/cttdhqnkF9
— VÍCTOR EDÚ👨🏻💻 (@EDUX77) June 23, 2018
The 29-year-old was inclusively fouled five times in the match and became a headache for the Korean defenders. Mexico ended up with a 2-1 win after a goal by Javier Hernandez and a compensation goal by Heung-Min Son in stoppage time.
Vela pointed to the sky after his successful penalty, which was clearly a tribute to his grandfather as his teammates were filled with jubilation. The MLS player will be a key player for Juan Carlos Osorio’s side moving forward in the competition as he tries to overcome tragedy to lead his team to glory.