A massive crowd at BC Place wasn't enough to propel Canada to a win in World Cup Qualifying action, as they fell to Mexico 3-0 on Friday night. Over 57,000 people were estimated to be at the match, but they would go home extremely disappointed, as the disjointed Canadians went down 2-0 in the span of a few minutes in the first half.
It looked like Canada would open the scoring in the 21st minute, when Canadian David Hoilett took a Julian De Guzman feed and found himself with some space about 8 yards out. His shot was well off target though, and the match would remain scoreless. It was one of a few good Canadian chances in the first 45 minutes, and connecting on one could have changed the outlook of the match. In any case, The Mexicans opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, when Manchester United's Javier Hernandez converted a Miguel Layun cross to make it 1-0.
Just seven minutes later, Hirving Lozano made it 2-0, when he rocketed a shot over Canadian Goal Keeper Milan Borjan, who had to contend with 9 shots on goal, and 19 shots in total on the night.
If there were any hopes of a Canadian comeback in the second half, it was muted by a stunted Canadian attack and a third Mexican goal that came in the 72nd minute. It really was an ugly sequence for Canada, as Mexican players were able to intercept an attempted clear, before it was played deep in the box to Jesus Corona. He faked to his right, dancing past a sliding Canadian defender, before pounding the shot past Borjan. Borjan managed to get his hands on the shot, but it wasn't enough as it deflected into the net.
The loss means Canada sits second in the four team Group A with four points, five behind first place Mexico. The two teams will meet again on Tuesday, but this time in Mexico.