USA win CONCACAF Nations League with 3-2 win over Mexico

A late penalty from Christian Pulisic fired the United States to victory over Mexico in the first ever CONCACAF Nations League final.

The two fierce rivals met at the home of the Colorado Rapids, Empower Field, and put on an enthralling show which had everything from penalty drama, VAR chaos, streakers and fans throwing objects on to the pitch.

The tone of the match was set early on as Jesus Corona put Mexico ahead after just 63 seconds, pouncing on a sloppy pass from Mark McKenzie to slot home easily, and it was almost 2-0 soon after as Hector Moreno’s header was ruled out for offside.

Sensing they were in trouble, the US stepped their game up after that near-miss and Gio Reyna bagged his third international goal when Weston McKennie’s header rebounded off the post and landed right at the Dortmund man’s feet, allowing him to follow in the footsteps of his father Claudio, who netted against Mexico in a 4-0 win back in 1995.

Optimism appeared to fade after the break when goalkeeper Zach Steffen was forced off through injury. On came Brugge’s Ethan Horvath, but the 25-year-old could not stop Diego Lainez from finding the back of the net and putting Mexico back in the driver’s seat with ten minutes to go.

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