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México centra su atención en Nueva Zelanda
Acción del último enfrentamiento entre México y Nueva Zelanda (camiseta blanca) el 8 de octubre 2016, en Nashville, Tennessee, EE.UU. (Foto: Straffon Images)

SOCHI, Rusia - Tras un empate 2-2 con Portugal en el inicio de la Copa FIFA Confederaciones 2017, México  ya está pensando en el encuentro del miércoles con el campeón de Oceanía Nueva Zelanda.

Los dos equipos se enfrentaron en un repechaje de ida y vuelta para la última plaza para Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014, los mexicanos ganaron 9-3 en el global (ida: 5-1 en casa y 4-2 de visita). En su último enfrentamiento el 8 de octubre 2016, México ganó 2-1 con anotaciones de  Giovani dos Santos y Marco Fabian.

En lo que respecta a Nueva Zelanda, el entrenador Juan Carlos Osorio dijo: Sabemos que normalmente, o como lo enfrentamos en el de preparación y como lo vimos en el juego frente a Rusia, va a presentar una defensa de cinco, dos volantes por delante, tratando de proteger, y los tres de arriba, con un punto de referencia siempre y uno segundo que llega, yo creo que no van a cambiar mucho.”

Como lo ha hecho durante toda las eliminatorias de la CONCACAF para la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018, Osorio es probable que rote a jugadores que no vieron acción contra los portugueses. Para el colombiano, es importante tener piernas frescas y tener a los hombres adecuados en el terreno para anular el arma principal de Nueva Zelanda.

“Nosotros si pensamos darle la oportunidad a algunos de los nuestros, para presentar un equipo muy fresco, muy competitivo y, sobretodo, capaz de jugar con nuestras fortalezas, pero también controlarles lo que ellos tienen y es el fútbol aéreo”

En seis partidos, México tiene una ventaja de 5 triunfos y una derrota sobre Nueva Zelanda. El triunfo de los Kiwis sólo llegó en un amistoso, 4-0, el 20 de agosto de 1980.

 
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