2018 FIFA World Cup: Hector Moreno will be unavailable in round of 16 clash against Brazil
This Wednesday, June 27, Mexico played its third and final group stage match in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. El Tri fell 3-0 to Sweden in what proved to be a very disappointing match for the North American side. However, the goal of reaching the round of 16 was achieved despite the struggles in the final match.
Juan Carlos Osorio’s team will have the arduous task of facing Brazil in the knockout stage and will do so without one of its most vital players. Hector Moreno received his second yellow card of the tournament in the clash against the Nordic side and will now miss the upcoming match against Brazil.
Moreno is clearly Mexico’s best defender and the most technically gifted one as well that brings a different aspect to El Tri’s backline. Juan Carlos Osorio does have some players that can replace him, but none bring the same style of play as Moreno.
These options include Edson Alvarez, Hugo Ayala and even Rafael Marquez, although Ayala seems to be the clear replacement. Mexico’s backline did look shaky against South Korea and Sweden, thus Ayala could bring some stability in the defense.
The Tigres UANL centre-back had a solid game against Germany and could possibly have another very tough challenge against Brazil.