Suso and Spain Earn Comeback Win Over Mexico

Victor Fraile

Suso came on early in the second half with Spain down one, but two goals in the final twenty minutes--including an injury time winner from Jese--sealed progress to the quarterfinals.

Spain 2: Osede 73', Jese 90'+1'
Mexico 1: Gonzalez Gonzalez 1'

For most of the first sixty minutes it looked as though Spain would be falling short in a second consecutive match at an international tournament, but they overturned a two-goal deficit against Mexico, earning a narrow 2-1 victory in the round of 16. They'll now move on to Saturday's quarterfinals, where they'll face the winner of the Nigeria v. Uruguay fixture later in the day.

Suso didn't get a start but came on in the 51st minute for Israel Puerto, getting directly involved and serving up the corner that led to the equalizer. It's easy to see how his presence aided the side--Spain have looked far better with him on the pitch than off it, and I'd be surprised if he started the quarterfinal on the bench as well. What's also no shock is that it's Jese who got the winner; the Real Madrid youngster has been on a tear in Turkey to this point, and where Gerard Deulofeu was left wanting, Jese found a way, getting the deflected winner (that probably should have been saved) and sending Spain forward.

Video below of Suso's corner that led to the equalizer, and here's hoping that we have a chance to see more from him before Spain's time at the World Cup is done.


Video by MostarLFC

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