SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Goalkeeper Jesus Corona had a busy Sunday night as his Mexico side prevailed over Curacao, 2-0, in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup at the Alamodome.
He was forced to make several standout saves, while also watching a pair of attempts hit of his woodwork, as the Triciolor clinched first place in Group C to set-up a quarterfinal meeting with Honduras on Thursday in Glendale, Arizona.
“We are happy with the result and for reaching our goal to get to the next stage,” Corona said. “But [Curacao] was a good opponent. They made things difficult for us and we know that these types of games can be very intense.”
Corona bailed out his team during intense moments, with some observers saying that this performance was perhaps his best with Mexico.
“I’ve had some good games, but the important thing here is that we kept the shutout,” commented the 36-year-old Cruz Azul custodian. “I’ll take that with me and share it with my teammates for being solid in the defensive back line.”
Mexico assistant coach Luis Pompilio Paez, who remained in charge as head coach Juan Carlos Osorio continues to serve a suspension, praised the entire defense for surviving some challenging moments.
“Curacao missed some goals that perhaps it should have had,” Paez finished. “But that’s why we have goalkeepers. Corona did his job. We knew Curacao was a team that didn’t have anything to lose. It was already eliminated and that lead to having a more exciting game.”
Mexico is unbeaten in its last nine Gold Cup games (6W-3D-0L)