Mexico suffers a shock defeat by Haiti in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifier
Just days after starting the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship with a shocking 1-0 loss to Jamaica — a result that was called a “nightmare” by one Mexican sports paper — El Tri Femenil then staggered to an even more calamitous 3-0 defeat by regional upstart side Haiti on Thursday, July 7th.
The outcome, which currently has Mexico at the bottom of Group A in the competition that they’re hosting in the city of Monterrey, has officially pushed them out of the running for the knockout round and even further off-course from a possible qualification for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Once seen as one of the favorites to earn a direct spot into next year’s event through the CONCACAF W Championship, Mexico will now need to close out the group stage on Monday with a win over the United States, the current World Cup title-holders (which seems pretty unlikely, by the way), just to remain in the conversation for an unlikely playoff invitation for Australia/New Zealand 2023.
So for Mexico, a place at third in the group, and thereby a spot in an intercontinental playoff for Australia/New Zealand 2023, will be their best-case scenario. That said, they’ll not only need to somehow find a way to defeat the United States, but will also need Haiti to defeat Jamaica. Statistically speaking, they could also go through if they defeat the United States and if Jamaica defeats Haiti, but it’s unlikely they’ll be able to overcome the goal differential or tiebreakers needed to surpass Haiti.