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What El Tri learned from Guyana win

Updated: October 13, 2012, 10:22 PM ET
By Tom Marshall

It's difficult to criticize a five-goal victory. The defense has an easy job. Chepo de la Torre will point to the continuation of a perfect qualification record on the road to Brazil 2014 and the dominance Mexico showed over almost the whole of the 90 minutes against Guyana on Friday. Yet Mexico fans wondered whether the ball would ever go in for El Tri, who lacked finesse in the final third for the first 77 minutes.

In the end, five goals in the space of eight minutes handed El Tri the victory and sent the sparse crowd in the BBVA Compass Stadium venue in Houston home content. Andres Guardado, Chicharito, Oribe Peralta, Angel Reyna and an own goal provided the late crescendo, but the fact it took so long for El Tri to break through was disconcerting.

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