In World Cup play Mexico resoundingly beat France with a 2-0 score; both goals occurring in the second half of the game. The first goal was made by Javier Hernandez who plays for the Guadalajara club team like his legendary grandfather Tomas Balcazar. The second goal came from Cuauhtemoc Blanco one of team Mexico’s oldest players.
France and Mexico have met four times in World Cup play and Mexico has never won. Mexico is reveling in this first time win unless you go back to Cinco de Mayo, 1862. Can “French Intervention” also known as the Maximilian Affair really be over?
The win is especially poignant for the young Javier Hernandez whose grandfather is legendary in Mexican soccer lore. Balcazar played in the ‘50s when team Guadalajara won 8 country title in 10 years. He was also on the World Cup team in 1954 and scored a goal against France in the finals. Grandfather and grandson were both age 22 when they scored World Cup goals against the French.
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