Mexican national team figures have taken to social media to apologize to fans following their elimination from the 2022 World Cup.
El Tri entered the last match of the group stage with one point, after drawing 0-0 against Poland and losing 0-2 to Argentina. The team needed a 3-0 triumph over Saudi Arabia, or a desirable result between Poland and Argentina.
But despite best efforts and a cathartic ending that saw El Tri score twice, with two more goals disallowed, the Albiceleste’s 2-0 victory over Poland proved to be lethal. Argentina advanced as leaders of Group C, while the Polish edged out Mexico with the goal difference of one.
Mexico has qualified for the round-of-16 in their past seven World Cup appearances, adding to this year’s disappointment. The team last remained in the tournament’s group stage in 1978, losing against Poland, West Germany, and Tunisia.
El Tri will now look to reshape management and plan for the 2026 World Cup. Several changes have already been made, with Gerardo Martino officially out as manager and the search for a new leader underway.