Mexico defeated Trinidad and Tobago on the weekend 1-0 in the Gold Cup soccer tourney quarterfinals here, thus advancing to the semifinals, where they will next face off against Panama in a knockout match.
"I don't want revenge (against Panama) at all. It's a new game, life or death, which has nothing to do with the earlier one when ... you had an error margin," said Mexican coach Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre. "Now everything is very different because either you win or you leave."
Mexico's young forward Raul Jimenez, who scored the Saturday evening match's loan goal in the 84th minute on a redirected shot attempt to give his team the win, said that getting the win was not easy but the team showed maturity and class in continuing to do what the coach had asked of them.
Mexico has won the Gold Cup six times and is the winner of the last two tourneys. Panama defeated Mexico 2-1 in a group match earlier this month, and the teams will face off again next Wednesday in Dallas.
The Saturday evening match was played before a record Georgia Dome crowd of 54,229. EFE