Mexico got their Gold Cup campaign off to a great start last night with a 6-0 win over Cuba, with Oribe Peralta scoring a hat-trick ending a seven-game winless streak for El Tri.
Mexico’s first chance came in just the second minute when fullback Miguel Layun, who dominated the game on the left wing, had a good chance but he wasted it with a shot straight at Cuba’s goalkeeper Disovelis Guerra.
El Tri were on the scoreboard after fifteen minutes though when Guardado set Carlos Vela free. Vela’s shot was well saved by Guerra but the rebound fell to the Guardado again, who nodded it back to Peralta who collected the ball and shot into the net from six yards out.
Just five minutes later Vela got on the scoreboard after he took advantage of a poor clearance and scored from close range. Peralta added another in the 37th minute when he got rebounded ball reached him and he fired past Guerra from the top of the box.
Mexico would go into half time with a 4-0 lead after captain Guardado headed in a chip from Antonio Rios in the 44th minute.
While Mexico’s dominance continued in the second half they were unable to add to their score until the 67th minute when Peralta completed his hat-trick with a shot from close range.
Giovani dos Santos came on for his brother Jonathan in the 57th minute and he completed the scoring for El Tri just 12 minutes later when he cleverly got on the end of a long pass and slotted it home.