SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A subpar effort in its previous match only added to the anxiety Mexico was feeling in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Playing without several stars and their head coach, El Tri leaned on emotion and determination to remain unbeaten in the 14th edition of the Gold Cup.
Angel Sepulveda and Edson Alvarez scored and Mexico held on to beat Curacao 2-0 on Sunday night at the Alamodome to win Group C and continue its bid for a fourth championship in five years.
Mexico advanced to face Honduras in the quarterfinals Thursday night in Glendale, Arizona.
Playing without stars such as Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Mexico turned to its younger talent and they produced in front of a partisan crowd of 44,232.
“I was just excited to play,” said Mexico defender Raul Lopez, who assisted on the game-winning goal. “I hadn’t played the first two games. I’m really…