Mexico vs Jamaica live score, updates, highlights from CONCACAF Nations League

Mexico vs Jamaica live score, updates, highlights from CONCACAF Nations League

After a shaky but profitable trip to Suriname, where Mexico secured a 2-0 victory, El Tri return home to Mexico City to take on Jamaica in the finale of CONCACAF Nations League group stage play.

Mexico need just a draw to win Group A and secure a spot in the semifinals. However, defeat to Jamaica would mean embarrassing elimination for El Tri. The Reggae Boyz are a plucky nation that can produce an upset on their day, but injuries to Andre Blake and Michail Antonio mean they’ll have to navigate this match with severe limitations.

New Mexico boss Diego Cocca picked up a win on his debut against Suriname, and now gets his home debut here, in El Tri’s first match at Estadio Azteca in nearly a year — four days shy of such, having last played at this venue in the March 30 win over El Salvador to round out World Cup qualifying.

The Sporting News will be following the Mexico vs Jamaica match live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.

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Confirmed lineups:

Mexico (4-2-3-1, right to left): Ochoa (GK) — J. Sanchez, Moreno, Montes, Gallardo — E. Alvarez, Romo — Gallardo, Pineda, Lozano — Martin.

Jamaica (4-5-1, right to left): Knight (GK) — J. Brown, Pinnock, Lowe, Lawrence — De Cordova-Reid, Williams, Morrison, D. Johnson, Bailey — Nicholson.

Mexico vs Jamaica live updates, highlights, commentary

50 mins to kick: The lineups were out quite late, but we finally have our starters. Raul Jimenez does not start for El Tri, with Henry Martin instead the man through the middle. Chucky Lozano, Memo Ochoa, and Orbelin Pineda all return to the lineup. Jorge Sanchez gets the nod over Julian Araujo at right-back, while Luis Romo is selected ahead of Erick Gutierrez in the midfield pivot.

72 mins to kick: One of the ways the Mexican federation has attempted to crack down on fan violence and crowd unrest at Estadio Azteca and other domestic venues is through the registration of a Fan ID. The FMF and CONCACAF both hope this will not only serve as a deterrent, but also as a means of streamlining identification in the wake of any future disturbances.

89 mins to kick: Jamaica may not be one of the dominant CONCACAF powers, but they have proven a difficult opponent over the years. They have beaten Mexico in recent history, securing a 1-0 victory in the 2017 Gold Cup semifinals in Pasadena. Jamaica did manage to secure a 0-0 draw at Estadio Azteca in 2013 as part of World Cup qualifying, but they have never won a true road game in Mexico.

Still, Jamaica have held Mexico to 2 goals or fewer in all but one of their last 10 meetings, and 1 goal or fewer in six of those. This will likely not be an easy romp for the hosts.

103 mins to kick: Jamaica still can qualify for the CONCACAF Nations League final stage with a win in this venue, but it will be an incredibly tough task made even tougher without Andre Blake and Michail Antonio.

Still, they do have Leon Bailey, Ethan Pinnock, and Ravel Morrison, three European-based players with some  CONCACAF international play under their belts. Morrison played in Liga MX for Atlas from 2017-18, but Bailey and Pinnock have not played a road match against Mexico in their careers. Pinnock, at 29 years old, is a late bloomer in his career, only rising to prominence with Brentford in 2019 and with just five caps.

120 mins to kick: Mexico did not look sharp against Suriname in the opening match of this international break, but they managed to secure three points with some good last-ditch defending and a pair of second-half goals. New manager Diego Cocca praised his players for “solving” the fixture, which is a good way to put how it played out.

We’ll find out if El Tri can use that to build momentum as they navigate a home game against a quality opponent that’s severely depleted by injuries.

Mexico vs Jamaica lineups & team news

El Tri rested their key players for the road match in Suriname, as Diego Cocca won his managerial debut, albeit in shaky fashion.

Many regulars, like Guillermo Ochoa, Raul JimenezCesar Montes, and Hirving Lozano will return for this home match, after skipping the trip to Suriname. Young Julian Araujo was bright off the bench in that match and could get the start at right-back in Mexico City.

Alexis Vega is a notable absence from the squad as he only recently returned to club action from a knee injury.

Mexico confirmed starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Ochoa (GK) — J. Sanchez, Moreno, Montes, Gallardo — E. Alvarez, Romo — Gallardo, Pineda, Lozano — Martin.

Mexico subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

The Jamaica squad is significantly weakened due to two injuries to key players. Veteran goalkeeper Andre Blake is out of action with a groin injury, having already missed time with the Philadelphia Union, while West Ham forward Michail Antonio has been missing since the start of March with a calf problem.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid will pull the strings in the attack, as the versatile wide player has been a key part of Fulham’s strong Premier League season.

Jamaica projected starting lineup (4-5-1): Knight (GK) — J. Brown, Pinnock, Lowe, Lawrence — De Cordova-Reid, Williams, Morrison, D. Johnson, Bailey — Nicholson.

Jamaica subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

How to watch Mexico vs Jamaica

  • Date: Sunday, March 26
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV channels: TUDN, UniMas (Spanish)
  • Streaming: Fubo, Paramount+, TUDN site/app

The match from the Estadio Azteca will be available to watch on television in the United States via TUDN and UniMas, with both those Spanish-language channels also streaming live on Fubo, which offers a free trial for new users.

Mexico vs Jamaica betting odds & lines

El Tri are understandably considered massive favorites at home against a shorthanded Jamaica squad missing two vital players.

Despite the shaky performance in Suriname, it seems most of the betting market has written that performance off due to a second-choice lineup and the knowledge that CONCACAF road games can be tricky affairs. Jamaica are not expected to score in this match, and they are clear 1.5-goal underdogs on the handicap (spread).

Both teams
to score Y / N
Over / Under
2.5 goals
-310+340+950+115 / -145-130 / +100-105-125

-333+350+700+108 / -169-135 / -103-104-128