Ochoa, Guardado to play in fifth Cup

MEXICO CITY: Mexico coach Gerardo Martino named his final squad for Qatar with veteran goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and midfielder Andres Guardado heading to their fifth World Cup.

Guardado, 36, who plays for Spain’s Real Betis, was one of nine Europe-based players called up by Martino, who hopes to take Mexico to their first World Cup quarter-final in more than three decades.

Ochoa, 37, is the Mexican national team’s most capped goalkeeper and won plaudits in the 2014 World Cup for almost single-handedly holding Brazil at bay to help his side earn a 0-0 draw.

Winger Jesus Corona was ruled out due to injury after suffering a broken leg and a torn ankle ligament in training with Sevilla. — AFP

Veteran striker Javier Hernandez of the Los Angeles Galaxy was left out having played in the last three World Cups.

Mexico, who are in World Cup Group C, will face Poland on Nov 22, Argentina on Nov 26 and Saudi Arabia on Nov 30. — AFP

Goalkeeper: Rodolfo Cota, Guillermo Ochoa, Alfredo Talavera

Defenders: Kevin Alvarez, Nestor Araujo, Gerardo Arteaga, Jesus Gallardo, Hector Moreno, Cesar Montes, Jorge Sanchez, Johan Vasquez

Midfielders: Edson Alvarez, Roberto Alvarado, Uriel Antuna, Luis Chavez, Andres Guardado, Erick Gutierrez, Hector Herrera, Orbelin Pineda, Carlos Rodriguez, Luis Romo.

Forwards: Rogelio Funes Mori, Raul Jimenez, Hirving Lozano, Henry Martin, Alexis Vega.

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