Gerardo Martino confirms Mexico’s reign is over after their ‘great failure’ at the World Cup

Gerardo Martino confirmed his reign as Mexico’s head coach had ended following their World Cup exit.

Mexico’s 2-1 win against Saudi Arabia was not enough to secure a place in the round of 16, as Poland finished second behind Argentina in Group C on goal difference.

After the match, former Barcelona manager Martino – who has been in charge of Mexico since January 2019 – said: “The contract expired with the final whistle and there is nothing more to be done.

Mexico’s victory over Saudi Arabia was in vain as they lost the round of 16 on goal difference (Nick Potts/PA)

“I am the man responsible for the frustration and disappointment.

“It’s a real sadness and I take full responsibility for this huge failure.”

Mexico opened their World Cup campaign with a goalless draw against Poland before losing 2-0 to Argentina.

Poland’s 2-0 defeat by Argentina on Wednesday night gave Mexico the opportunity to move up into second place.

But, with all the tie-breaks before Poland had a lead over Mexico with fewer yellow cards, El Tri knew they had to add to the two-goal lead provided against Saudi Arabia by Henry Martin and Luis Chavez.

Mexico had two second-half goals disallowed before Saudi Arabia secured Poland’s passage on goal difference with an added-time Salem Al Dawsari goal.

Martino said: “We beat the opponent and created more chances and we could have scored as many goals as needed.

That’s why we aimed for the third goal and put together two centre-forwards.

“We knew Poland had fewer yellows and we were going out, so it was necessary at the time.

“But we failed and I don’t think we were knocked out in previous matches, rather today.

“I think we should analyze this aspect in more depth when we have clear ideas.

“This is reality. We are in a fragile position because we are out of the World Cup.”

Saudi Arabia coach Herve Renard said his players and staff will always remember a World Cup which saw them scalp Argentina.

Renard said: “After that, I told them, ‘congratulations on your World Cup, but we didn’t deserve to win the match.’

“We will not forget what we did together in this World Cup. This was more difficult for us but I will always protect them and I am proud of their World Cup.”

Victory would have seen Saudi Arabia progress from the group stage for only the second time.

Renard said: “The standard of the World Cup is always high and we had three very good teams in our group.

“In the history of Saudi Arabia we have only reached the knockout stage once and that was a long time ago, in 1994.

“We dreamed of doing it again, but the way we played here didn’t deserve to do it.”

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