Marcelo Flores scored the Mexico u20s’ winning goal in the Revelations Cup win over Brazil on Saturday, to top the group ahead of the final game.
Arsenal’s Marcelo Flores has been called up by the Mexico u20s for the international break, joining them for a triple-header against Colombia, Brazil, and the USA.
The three matches are all part of the Revelations Cup, a round-robin competition between the four countries.
After Mexico’s 0-0 draw against Colombia and Brazil’s 4-0 victory over the USA, Flores’ side definitely needed a win over Brazil if they wanted to have a shot at winning the cup.
They took the lead in the first half through Jonathan Perez, but Brazil pegged one back just after the break.
That set the scene for Arsenal forward Flores to step up with the winning goal.
With 64 minutes on the clock, Flores powered in a header to make it 2-1. He’s not the tallest player, but he showed the determination necessary to win the ball in the air and guide it into the net.
Despite the 0-0 in the opening game, Flores also earned praise for his performance in that match.
“Marcelo Flores played a good game and participated in areas where we asked him to,” Perez said.
“He showed commitment to his teammates and helped them, the only thing missing was the finish.”
Fortunately, Flores provided the finish on this occasion against Brazil, and Mexico got the vital win they needed.
The tournament isn’t over yet. Mexico face the United States on Tuesday, knowing a win will secure them top spot.
If they draw, they’ll be relying on Colombia and Brazil drawing as well. If Mexico lose, there’s no result in the other game that can save them.
So a win over the United States is vital if Flores and his teammates are hoping to bring home the trophy.