Mexican announcers celebrate United States goal clinching Mexico World Cup berth
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Mexico is forever grateful to the United States for helping them clinch a World Cup berth

10/16/13 in Soccer   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Oct 15, 2013; Panama City, Panama; United States player Graham Zusi (left)is congratulated by teammate Brad Davis after tying the game with a goal in extra time during the second half of their 3-2 win over Panama in a World Cup qualifier soccer game at Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY SportsIt's absolutely insane that Mexico almost didn't even qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Mexico hasn't been incredible lately, but they're certainly one of the historically good World Cup teams. They should never have trouble qualifying for the World Cup.

Yet last night, they were perilously close to missing out on their chance to play in Brazil. However, thanks to some clutch play by the United States, they're still safe. I'll let Awful Announcing explain the scenario:
 
Entering the night, Mexico needed a win or tie to clinch a berth in Brazil or a USA win or tie against Panama.  The only scenario where Mexico wouldn't survive would be a Panama win and a loss against Costa Rica.  Approaching the end of the final round's games everything was turning against El Tri. On the road at Costa Rica, Mexico couldn't take care of their own business as they were trailing 2-1.  At the same time, Panama had a 2-1 lead over the United States at home.  Those results would send Panama to the intercontinental playoffs against New Zealand while Mexico would embarrassingly be out of the World Cup altogether.

Well, the USA scored a goal, tying it up with Panama and allowing Mexico to move on. The Mexican announcer went absolutely ballistic, thanking the American team and also going on to rip the Mexican team to shreds. It was epic. Unfortunately, we can't get audio of it right now, but here's a translation, thanks to a Deadspin commenter:
 
"GOOOOAAAAAAL The US of A PUTS us in the playoffs!!!!!" USA!"It is because of the USA that we are being placed in the playoff ...BECAUSE OF THEM , NOT DUE TO YOU..NOT ANY OF YOU in the green shirts ....IT WAS THEM!!.NOT YOU!..THEY DID IT!!!!!NOT YOU! remember this forever..... KEEP THIS CLEARLY IN MIND FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES! You do NOTHING for the shirt, you do NOT put the effort, you have NOTplaced us in the playoffs , you HAVE NOT placed us in the WORLD CUP ..YOU WOULD NOT HAVE KEPT US ALIVE....IT WAS ESTADOS UNIDOS, NOT YOU.! .NOT YOU AND YOUR ARROGANCE/CONCEIT.....NOT YOU AND YOUR INFAMY....NOT YOU AND YOUR MORONS/PUNKS....
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"IT IS A FAILURE.....and UNDESERVED -to go through to the playoff- WE HAD NO ARGUMENTS to earn the playoffs, THE USA, WITH SUBS , WITH MANY SUBS as the visiting team shows us once again what the USA is all about ....how to play the game with dignity, how to approach the sport..MExico is a horror, just terrible....A FAILURE.....
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THE USA HAS SURPASSED US ..They are better than Mexico in SOCCER ....THEY EVEN HAVE THE LUXURY OF PLAYING THEIR SUBS and KEEPING US LIVE.... I hope our coach wears the pants and resigns..He has failed as coach....
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Now if only we could get our government up and running.
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