If you haven’t been following, I’ve been replaying the 1986 Mexico World Cup, using Mea Copa, the quick-play soccer game from Time Travel Games.
Mexico, spiteful and estranged daughter of the once-mighty La Reina de la España, heads into this World Cup final confident of her destiny, of el triunfo predestinado that she is certain has been written by God.
To reach this final, it took only the victory over perhaps the tournament’s strongest squad, Brazil. Mexico’s defense has been literally flawless, as the back four have not allowed a goal in three knockout matches. The defense is led by the man who will surely be a finalist for the Golden Ball award as tournament’s MVP, Francisco Quirarte. Quirarte has scored 5 goals in the tournament, while Mexico’s defense has allowed only 3 goals TOTAL in the 6 matches leading to this final. They’ve outscored opponents 8-0 in the knockout stage.
As the host country, Mexico will surely have a home-field advantage unlike any other.
While Mexico’s run has been exceptional, the Spanish side have arguably had a more difficult stretch of opponents, and have fought them all with great resilience, fortitude, and determination. Spain did not lose in Group play, tying Brazil 0-0. In the knockout phase, Spain defeated a strong Danish squad, and then faced and defeated their two greatest rivals, France and Portugal – each in extra time.
Spain is not a side that will give up – ever.
As far as the numbers go, Mexico and Spain each have a Mea Copa rating of 89 – true equals. After crunching their offensive and defensive ratings, Spain ends up with a marginal advantage on the shot charts, really marginal. The game will effectively be a toss-up. The dice – and maybe the Hand of God – will determine the winner.