Mexico rues near misses in Germany setback
Mexico’s Raul Jimenez (green jersey) controls the ball during the FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal against Germany on June 29, 2017, in Sochi, Russia. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

SOCHI, Russia – The full-time statistics showed that his team outshot Germany 25-12 in the FIFA Confederations Cup semifinals on Thursday.

What mattered most to Mexico head Juan Carlos Osorio, however, was a final score that tipped in favor of the Germans, 4-1.

Matters may have been different if Javier Hernandez didn’t sky over the crossbar from close range in the first half and Raul Jimenez’s header hadn’t crashed off the woodwork in the second,

“I think that we deserved more with all of the chances created,” said Osorio.  “It is proved that we are efficient, but we are not effective.  That, among the many good things [Germany] has, is their effectiveness.  I think we permitted them to attack.”

Marco Fabian netted a wonder goal in the 89th minute to breathe some late life into the Tricolor, cutting Germany’s lead to two goals.

The fact that Mexico never wavered from their attacking mentality pleased Osorio.

“I believe that we deserved more,” the 56-year-old Colombian finished.  “You have to highlight that the team attacked and went for it.  We continued with the idea of play despite the deficit and we created chances against them.”

The Mexicans will conclude play in the competition Sunday, when they face European champion Portugal in the match for the third place.  In their group-stage meeting on June 18, Hector Moreno’s injury-time goal gave the CONCACAF power a 2-2 draw.