The North American outfit are heading into the match on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Colombia in a friendly in September, while Iraq secured a narrow 1-0 win over Syria during the same month.
Mexico will begin their final preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 with a friendly match against Iraq at Montilivi in Spain on Wednesday night. The North American outfit are heading into the match on the back of a 3-2 defeat to Colombia in a friendly in September, while Iraq secured a narrow 1-0 win over Syria during the same month. Meanwhile, it will be the second meeting between the two sides in an international fixture, with the previous one occurring at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico when El Tri came away with a 1-0 victory.
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Although Mexico managed to qualify for an eighth consecutive World Cup finals, their performances have been far from convincing. Since officially booking their place at the World Cup, Gerardo Martino’s side have been inconsistent, having won just one of their previous four fixtures. Last time out against Colombia, El Tri lost the match despite taking a 2-0 lead through Alexis Vega and Gerardo Arteaga inside the opening half-hour mark. This upcoming fixture will be the first time they face an Asian opponent since getting the better of Japan 2-0 in a 2020 friendly.
Iraq, on the other hand, failed to qualify for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar after managing to secure only a fourth-place finish in Group A of the third qualifying round. The Lions of Mesopotamia finished their qualification campaign with nine points from 10 games, three points adrift of third-placed UAE, who went through to the playoff round. Meanwhile Iraq are unbeaten in their last six games across all competitions. Last time out, Iraq got the better of Syria courtesy of Ayman Hussein’s 27th-minute goal.
Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who is the most capped goalkeeper in the history of the Mexico national team (130), is likely to occupy the goal, with Araujo and Moreno in front of him in the central defence. Vega, who found the back of the net against Colombia last time out, is expected to join Jimenez and Antuna in the front-three. As for Iraq, Aymen Hussein could lead the line, with Aoraha and Ahmed in support. Abdul Karim and Attwan might pull the strings in the midfield.
Mexico probable starting lineup: Ochoa, K Alvarez, Araujo, Moreno, Gallardo, Rodriguez, E Alvarez, Cuadrado, Antuna, Jimenez, Vega
Iraq probable starting lineup: Hassan, Zero, Yahya, Younis, Al-Ammari, Abdul-Karim, Attwan, Bayesh, Aoraha, Ahmed, Hussein
The International friendly match between Mexico and Iraq will take place at Montilivi on Thursday at 1:30 am IST.
|Mexico vs Iraq||Key details|
|Date||November 9 (Spain)|
|Kickoff time in Mexico||2:00 am (Wednesday)|
|Kickoff time in Iraq||11:00 pm (Wednesday)|
For the football fans in Mexico, live telecast of the match will be available on TUDN En Vivo, Canal 5 Televisa, Azteca Deportes En Vivo, Azteca 7, TUDN and Blim TV. Meanwhile, those in Iraq can catch the live action via Al Iraqiya Sports.