Menu

Mexico faces New Zealand in 2-game playoff, with 1 more chance to reach Brazil World Cup

Mexico has yet another coach — and a last chance to reach next year's World Cup in Brazil.

El Tri, which last missed a World Cup in 1990, opens a two-game playoff Wednesday against New Zealand, with the winner earning a World Cup berth.

Mexico should be the overwhelming favorite, particularly in the first match at Azteca and the game played at an altitude of 7,350 feet. The 100,000-capacity stadium is always loud and intimidating, and the thin air makes it even worse for visitors.

The second leg is Nov. 20 in Wellington, New Zealand. Mexico will try to pile up the goals in hopes of an overwhelming advantage in the second game. New Zealand figures to defend heavily Wednesday and take its chances at home.