Stars from the US and Mexico battle on the pitch and fans fling rockets from the stands in the fiery first CONCACAF Nations League Final… before Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic scores the winner of the extra-time penalty!
- Christian Pulisic converted a penalty in the 114th minute to beat Mexico 3-2
- With the win, the USA won the final of the first CONCACAF Nations League
- However, there were several fights on the field between the American and Mexican sides
- Hector Herrera of Atlético Madrid grabbed Weston McKennie by the throat
- Hirving Lozano from Mexico was seen going to DeAndre Yedlin. ran to push him
- Fans were also caught throwing cups and bottles onto the pitch and at players
Chelsea star Christian Pulisic converted a penalty in the 114th minute to help the United States beat Mexico 3-2 amid dramatic and moody scenes in the first CONCACAF Nations League final.
The two rival sides met at the Colorado Rapids’ home, Empower Field in Denver, and put on a compelling show that saw a series of on-field brawls erupted between the players.
The game also featured penalty drama, VAR disorder, streakers and disorderly fans throwing objects onto the field from the stands.
The United States beat Mexico 3-2 after extra time in the CONCACAF Nations League final
Christian Pulisic (above) converted a penalty in the 114th minute to win the match
There were several altercations throughout the 90 minutes, with a total of eight yellow cards being awarded.
The tone of the international competition was set by Weston McKennie and Hector Herrera.
Atletico Madrid midfielder Herrera grabbed Juventus star McKennie by the throat and forced the referee to look at his cards.
However, there were several moments that led to fights on the field between the players
There were several altercations during the match, with eight yellow cards being handed out
The drama was far from over after Herrera’s yellow card when VAR awarded Mexico a penalty in the closing minutes of the game after a header hit McKennie’s arm.
The American substitute goalkeeper and Colorado native Ethan Horvath saved Andres Guardado’s penalty in extra time, sparking another brawl.
Hirving Lozano was seen at Empower Field at Mile High pushing DeAndre Yedlin in front of 37,648 fans.
The act resulted in massive push between the players and saw the fans swing cups from the stands onto the field.
Angry Team Mexico fans start throwing trophies and bottles at Team USA after Christian Pulisic scores the leading goal on penalty kick in extra time
Team USA’s Giovanni Reyna was hit in the face with an object as he celebrated teammate Christian Pulisic’s lead goal in the 109th minute. Reyna, who scored Team USA’s first goal, was examined on the field before being assisted by trainers.
Team USA looks up into the crowd amid a cascade of empty cups and bottles
Boss Gregg Berhalter was left furious and midfielder Gio Reyna was injured by one of the bottles flying from the stands.
“Total disrespect for what goes on on the pitch and all the effort both teams put into the game,” said the furious Berhalter. “I think he’ll be fine, but he did put something against his head and it could have been a lot worse.”
American fullback Sergino Dest was among the players in the stands yelling for fans to stop throwing objects, but his pleas were largely ignored.
In addition, the match became the second of the tournament to be interrupted due to anti-gay chants from Mexican fans.
The match became the second of the tournament to be interrupted due to anti-gay chants from Mexican fans
Messages across the board remind fans to stay polite during the first half of the championship game during the Concacaf Nations League Finals at Empower Field at Mile High
The game was briefly halted in extra time as players from both teams begged the fans to stop. Mexico’s semifinal win over Costa Rica was also interrupted over the same chant, which originated at club level but has been adopted by fans of the national team, according to multiple reports from the country.
If the chants had continued, officials would have had the option of sending players to the locker rooms and would have also been able to suspend or suspend the game.
Despite the dramatic win, the USA were delighted with the win, as it was their first trophy since the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
It also ended an incredible year for the US as 10 players from Berhalter’s side had also won titles with their respective clubs.