USA’s men’s national team stunned Mexico with a 1-0 victory in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Las Vegas to clinch the title and pull off a big upset.
The game was won by a thrilling set-piece goal netted by defender Miles Robinson with three minutes remaining in extra time. Robinson beat Mexico’s Edson Alvarez to a wonderful pass by Kellyn Acosta in the middle of the Mexican penalty area in the 117th minute to seal off the victory.
Robinson outjumped Alvarez on Acosta’s freekick and headed the ball in one jump to the right of goalie Alfredo Talavera.
The United States earned their seventh Gold Cup championship, their first since 2017, tying Mexico for the most in the 15-year history of the competition. After winning the CONCACAF Nations League in June, this is the USA’s second major final triumph over Mexico.
How did the USA vs Mexico CONCACAF Gold Cup 2021 Final go?
Mexico were the overpowering favorites heading into the Gold Cup final, with the US benching its best players.
However, El Tri will be aggrieved for failing to score in the first half, when they commanded the match and had numerous chances, only for American goalkeeper Matt Turner to save the day.
The USA performed much better in the second half, and by the end of 90 minutes, the game was pretty equal.
The game appeared to be heading towards penalty kicks, but nasty fouls late in the second extra time changed the course of the match. Edson Alvarez received a yellow card for a foul in transition and with that Kellyn Acosta’s cross to the box was headed in by Miles Robinson in the 117th minute on the subsequent set-piece.
El Tri couldn’t find an equalizer with two minutes left in extra time, and the Americans celebrated an unexpected triumph.
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