The atmosphere in the Estadio Cuscatlan is going to be electric when El Salvador hosts rival Mexico in a World Cup qualifier the locals desperately want to win to keep their World Cup dreams alive.
Mexico, which sits atop the regional qualifying standings, is familiar with the kind of hostile atmosphere that awaits them. El Tri will get El Salvador’s best shot, and the home team will fight and contest every ball — but its best defenders are missing out on the match, and that could ultimately make all the difference against the talented Mexicans.
These two teams met in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and El Salvador gave Mexico a good game. Although it’s a battle of No. 9 in the world against No. 65, matches are always more evenly matched than they would seem on paper.
Sporting News will follow the match live and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen:
El Salvador vs. Mexico score
MEX – Hector Moreno (Jesus Corona) – 30th min.
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(All times Eastern)
40th min.: This match is stumbling to the first-half break.
36th min.: That should’ve been a red card. Studs showing the whole way by Isaac Portillo and he takes out Luis Romo who stays down for a bit. Yellow card shown to Portillo for reckless play..
30th min.: GOAL MEXICO! On a corner kick from the left side, Hector Moreno applies the header, nodding it in side the far post. Good thing he stayed in the game.
27th min.: YELLOW CARD – Things are getting chippy and it’s Chucky Lozano who gets a yellow for going in hard and slightly raising his arm against Bryan Tamacas. Those two aren’t done tonight.
25th min.: Another injury for Mexico. Clash of legs leaves Hector Moreno limping. We’ll see if he can continue.
23rd min.: Chucky Lozano and El Salvador right back Bryan Tamacas come together on the left touch line and referee Drew Fischer has a warning for Chucky, who’s stunned. He thought he suffered the foul.
21st min.: SUB – Vega has to come off for Mexico and Tecatito Corona is his replacement and will play wide left in the attack.
La suerte de Chivas..
Lesionado Alexis Vega 😬😬
— Alejandro de la Rosa (@adelarosa) October 14, 2021
18th min.: Chance for El Salvador. Enrico Duenas gets another cross off on the left, but the ball comes back to left back Alexander Larin who fires toward Mexico’s goal, but can’t get it on target (wide right).
16th min.: Alexis Vega goes up for a header and he has an issue with his right ankle. He walks off the field with the trainer and we’ll see if he can continue.
13th min.: Alexis Vega wins a corner kick and Mexico left back Osvaldo Rodriguez gets a header on it. Closer to the target than Chucky’s header earlier in the game.
11th min.: Araujo is back on right after El Salvador’s first real threat in the Mexico penalty area. Enrico Duenas lofts a ball across the face of goal but no one’s there. Mexico clears.
9th min.: Injury – Nestor Araujo hits the deck and the training staff is working on his left shoulder. Johan Vasquez is warming up in case.
5th min.: You thought that maybe Mexico would have to absorb some pressure early. But it’s the opposite. Mexico has taken a little of the air out of the building, knocking the ball around. Alexis Vega fired a shot right at the ‘keeper. Looking good for Mexico early.
3rd min.: Early half-chance for Mexico. Cross from the left and Chucky Lozano beats the left back to the ball but he can’t get the ball on target.
1st min.: We’re off. Mexico in white with the ball to start.
10:03 p.m.: No matter which team you root for, this is cool:
10:02 p.m.: A feel for what it’s like inside the Estadio Cuscatlan:
10:00 p.m.: Mexico anthem first. In the meantime, what a photo:
9:48 p.m.: “This game is everything for El Salvador” about sums it up.
9:46 p.m.: Eight lineup changes are a lot from one game to the next. Memories of JCO. Didn’t work out for the USA in Panama, but this Mexican side should be talented enough to beat a shorthanded El Salvador.
¿REGRESÓ OSORIO? 😅⚽🇲🇽
El ‘Tata’ Martino realizó 8 cambios con respecto al último partido de la Selección mexicana:
– Araujo por Montes
– ‘Cata’ por ‘Chaka’
– Osvaldo por Gallardo
– Romo por Edson
– Charly por HH
– Orbelín por Córdova
– Vega por ‘Tecatito’
– Funes Mori por RJ9 pic.twitter.com/gmK3oGeSGe
— Fanbolero (@fanbolero) October 14, 2021
9:40 p.m.: Waiting on the warmups to wrap:
9:38 p.m.: Here are the lineups for tonight:
8:45 p.m.: And here’s the Mexico arrival:
El Salvador vs. Mexico: Lineups
El Salvador has several important players missing for this match, which will complicate things significantly. Center back Roberto Dominguez is suspended for yellow-card accumulation, and the Cuscatlecos were already without starting-caliber central defenders Eriq Zavaleta (concussion) and Ronald Gomez Rodriguez, who’s recovering from a fracture. The fill-in options are inexperienced.
As if that weren’t enough of a wrench in the team’s plans, it will also be without two starting midfielders: Narciso Orellana sits out after his red card against Costa Rica, and midfielder Jairo Henriquez will be unavailable after he pulled his right hamstring in the same game.
El Salvador lineup (4-4-2, left to right): 1-Mario Antonio Gonzalez-GK — 13-Alexander Larin, 6-Mario Jacobo, 16-Eduardo Vigil, 21-Bryan Tamacas — 20-Enrico Hernandez, 4-Isaac Portillo, 7-Darwin Ceren, 15-Alex Roldan (c) — 12-Marvin Monterroza, 11-Joaquin Rivas
El Salvador subs: 18-Yonatan Guardado-GK, 22-Kevin Carabantes-GK, 2-Lizandro Claros, 3-Jose Villalobos, 23-Herberth Marcelo Diaz, 5-Christian Martinez, 19-Denis Pineda, 14-Pablo Punyed, 10-Amando Moreno, 8-Joshua Perez, 9-Walmer Martinez, 17-Cristian Gil Hurtado
Plenty of changes by Mexico’s Tata Martino for the third and final match of the October window. He was already missing starting defenders Cesar Montes (yellow card accumulation) and Jorge Sanchez (muscle injury) and both have already returned to their club teams. Center forward Henry Martin is back from injury and is available off the bench.
Mexico starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 13-Guillermo ‘Memo’ Ochoa-GK (c) — 5-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 15-Hector Moreno, 2-Nestor Araujo, 4-Julio Cesar ‘El Cata’ Dominguez — 10-Orbelin Pineda, 7-Luis Romo, 8-Carlos ‘Charly’ Rodriguez — 20-Alexis Vega, 11-Rogelio Funes Mori, 22-Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano
Mexico subs: 1-Jonathan Orozco-GK, 12-Rodolfo Cota-GK, 3-Johan Vasquez, 23-Jesus Gallardo, 21-Luis ‘Chaka’ Rodriguez, 18-Andres Guardado, 6-Jonathan Dos Santos, 16-Hector Herrera, 14-Sebastian Cordova, 19-Henry Martin, 17-Jesus ‘Tecatito’ Corona, 9-Raul Jimenez (Not in squad: Edson Alvarez, Uriel Antuna, Alfredo Talavera-GK)
How to watch El Salvador vs. Mexico
- Date: Wednesday, Oct. 13
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- TV Channels: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
- Spanish-language TV: Telemundo, Universo
- Streaming: fuboTV, Paramount+
The El Salvador vs. Mexico match will be available in English and Spanish in the USA. CBS Sports Network (English) and Telemundo and Universo (Spanish) will carry the TV broadcasts. All three networks are streamed on fuboTV, which is available for a free 7-day trial to new subscribers.
Paramount+ subscribers will also get access to the match stream in English.
El Salvador vs. Mexico: Betting odds & prediction
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
Pick: Mexico -1.25 Asian Handicap (+100)
El Salvador’s home-field advantage should help keep the game close to start, but Mexico simply has too much quality and El Salvador is error-prone and missing key players in defense. With another trio of top attackers ready to come off the bench to keep up the pressure, Mexico should have the wherewithal to put together a multi-goal win.
The -1.25 Asian Handicap offers a bit of insurance should Mexico only manage a one-goal win. Since the -1.25 bet is split evenly over -1 and -1.5 spreads, half the bet would be refunded in that case.
Prediction: El Salvador 0, Mexico 2
- Moneyline: El Salvador +700 / Draw +340 / Mexico -270
- Spread: El Salvador +1.5 (-165) / Mexico -1.5 (+120)
- O/U 2.5 total goals: Over +115 / Under -150
- Both Teams To Score: Yes +165 / No -225