Mexico ratings: Araujo abysmal as defense collapses vs. Argentina


There were plenty of poor performances but Nestor Araujo made multiple mistakes in Mexico's loss to Argentina. Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Simply put: Mexico was thrashed on Tuesday night. In a friendly against El Tri, Argentina completely obliterated the North American side that limped to a 4-0 loss at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The result marks the first defeat in 2019 for Mexico manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino.
A silver-lining is that this was a humbling and necessary moment for Mexico.
Keeping in mind that the team appeared to be on cloud nine after last week's 3-0 win over the United States, Tuesday's result was a much-needed reminder of the progress that still needs to be made by the Mexican squad -- especially if it wishes to become one of the elite national sides in the world.

The defense was in shambles, the midfield regularly failed to recover the ball and it looked like the frontline was constantly running into an Argentine brick wall.
All that said, the center of the backline was by far the weak-link in the XI.
Mexico has once again been left with more questions than answers when it comes to deciding the ideal central defensive partnership.
Manager rating (out of 10)
4 -- Although Martino fielded arguably his best XI, he couldn't find a way to breakdown Argentina's organized approach. Most importantly, when Mexico looked completely devastated defensively, the manager didn't do much to alter or help rearrange it. A forgetful evening for the coach.

Hirving 'Chucky' Lozano couldn't spur Mexico to a win over a tough Argentina squad. Omar Vega/Getty Images
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