Friday, July 24, 2009
Vela shows he can take the pressure
By 1970’s Gooner
It wasn’t so long ago that Carlos Vela was thinking that the injury he sustained three weeks ago while on duty for Mexico would probably not only rule him out of Mexico’s next few games in the Gold Cup, now taking place in the USA, but also out of Arsenal’s early Premier League games in August.
But, as with many things in football, situations can change so quickly and so dramatically.
Due to the scare about his injured foot he had to sit out on the bench for most of the semi final against Costa Rica. But he came on late in the second half on the 81st minute.
Little did he know that the game would go to penalties and that he would be called upon to take the penalty that would give Mexico the ticket for the final.
He took it with consummate ease defying his young age sending the goalkeeper the wrong way, placing the ball calmly into the net. You can watch it on the video screen above (around the 8.24 mark).
He is Mexico’s hero for now. He may even repeat the feat in the final.
You never know football is a funny game….