Mexico vs Iceland Watch International Friendly Soccer Online: Latest updates, Full Schedule, Odds, Picks, TV channel, live stream, Kick-off time, squad news & preview From Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Cal.
Mexico and Iceland will continue their preparations ahead of the 2018 World Cup on Friday when they meet in a friendly at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The pair will both be heading to Russia this summer, and each faces a difficult group. Mexico will be contending with Germany, South Korea and Sweden for a place in the knockout phase of the tournament, while Iceland will be taking on Argentina, Croatia and Nigeria.
Fine-tuning their squads ahead of the competition will be key if either is to succeed, so there’s much to be gleaned from this friendly.
Here are the viewing details for the match:
Mexico vs Iceland live streaming, match information & kick-off time
Match: Mexico vs Iceland
Competition: International Match
Kick-off time: 02:30
Stadium: Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara, California)
Mexico vs Iceland live stream details: Bet365 are showing Mexico vs Iceland on Saturday March 24, 2018 via their live streaming service.
Mexico vs Iceland: Match details
Both Mexico and Iceland are stepping up their preparations ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Mexico will have a tough battle to get out of their group, having been pooled with Germany, South Korea and Sweden.
Iceland, who will be the smallest nation represented in Russia, have also pulled a short straw this summer.
They’ll face Argentina, Nigeria and Croatia at the World Cup.
El Tri have several selection headaches before the Iceland game. Hector Herrera, Jurgen Damm, Javier Aquino, Jonathan dos Santos and Giovani dos Santos are all out of contention for the match because of injuries.
Iceland are missing their star player, Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson, due to a knee problem.
Mexico squad vs Iceland:
Goalkeepers: Jose de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liège), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca).
Defenders: Oswaldo Alanís (Guadalajara), Edson Álvarez (America), Néstor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Jesus Gallardo (UNAM), Miguel Layún (Sevilla FC), Héctor Moreno (Real Sociedad), Diego Reyes (FC Porto), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt).
Midfielders: Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Jonathan González (Monterrey), Omar Govea (Royal Excel), Andrés Guardado (Real Betis), Jorge Hernández (Pachuca), Héctor Herrera (FC Porto), Jesús Molina (Monterrey), Rodolfo Pizarro (Guadalajara).
Forwards: Jesús Manuel Corona (FC Porto), Javier Hernández (West Ham), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven), Oribe Peralta (América), Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Iceland squad vs Mexico
Goalkeepers: Hannes Thor Halldórsson (Randers FC), Ögmundur Kristinsson (SBV Excelsior), Ingvar Jonsson (Sandefjord), Rún Alex Rúnarsson (FC Nordsjæland), Frederik Schram (FC Roskilde).
Defenders: Birkir Már Sævarsson (Valur), Ragnar Sigurðsson (Rubin Kazan FC), Kári Árnason (Aberdeen FC), Ari Freyr Skúlason (KSC Lokeren), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Rostov FC), Hörður Björgvin Magnússon (Bristol City FC), Jon Gudni Fjóluson (IFK Norrkoping), Hjörtur Hermannsson (Brøndby IF), Hólmar Örn Eyjólfsson (Levski Sofia), Samuel Kári Friðjónsson (Vålerenga).
Midfielders: Aron Einar Gunnarsson (Cardiff City FC), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa FC), Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson (Burnley FC), Emil Hallfreðsson (Udinese Calcio), Rúrik Gíslason (SV Sandhausen), Theodor Elmar Bjarnason (Elazigspor), Ólafur Ingi Skúlason (Kardemir Karabükspor), Arnór Ingvi Traustason (Malmö FF).
Forwards: Kolbeinn Sigþórsson (FC Nantes), Jón Daði Böðvarsson (Reading FC), Viðar Örn Kjartansson (Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC), Björn Bergmann Sigurðarson (Rostov FC), Kjartan Henry Finnbogason (AC Horsens), Albert Gudmundsson (PSV).
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At the World Cup, and most likely in this match, El Tri will be looking to all-time record goalscorer Javier Hernandez to fire them to success.
The 29-year-old has netted 49 times for Mexico in 100 appearances, and he’s evidently delighted to be representing his country once again:
The international break will have come as a relief to the striker, who has endured a difficult season with West Ham United.
With the Hammers struggling against the threat of relegation, Hernandez has netted just seven goals in 29 appearances.
Chicharito has always been capable of turning it on for his national side, though if he’s unable to shake off his domestic form, Mexico will at least have alternatives in Hirving Lozano and Raul Jimenez.
The former has bagged 16 goals and 10 assists for PSV Eindhoven this season, while the latter will also carry some momentum into the break, per ESPN FC’s Tom Marshall:
They’ll need to be on form to overcome Iceland, who should not be underestimated after their remarkable development in recent years.
They were the smallest team ever to reach a major tournament when they qualified for the UEFA European Championship, where they reached the quarter-finals. Iceland are now set to make their World Cup debut, per football journalist Joe Crann:
Iceland will be without their best player, Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson, after he was ruled out with a knee injury earlier this month.
However, while he will be missed, Iceland’s strength was never based on individual quality but rather their ability to become greater than the sum of their parts, so they’ll still be a difficult opponent for Mexico to navigate.
At home in Iceland, a coven of Highland witches, led by Solla the Strange, gathered at Hveravellir to engage in a psychic war with a powerful battery of peyote-quaffing brujos who formed a sacred circle around the entire shoreline of Lake Catemaco in anticipation of the rough night ahead.