Mexico entered the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament as the biggest favorites to earn one of the two spots to the London Olympics, but they might be even bigger favorites after the way they thrashed Trinidad and Tobago in their Group B opener on Friday night. Marco Fabian picked up a hat trick as Mexico dominated the Soca Warriors from the opener whistle in a 7-1 win that could have been much worse if not for some dilly dallying in the box by El Tri.
It actually took until the 29th minute for Mexico to score despite their constant pressure. A corner kick was nodded down in front of goal and with Fabian challenged in front, the goalkeeper couldn't get to it so Alan Pulido was able to knock it in. A connection of Chivas teammates gave Mexico their second goal when Miguel Ponce found Fabian for the second goal and a 2-0 halftime lead.
Not long after the break, Mexico were back on the board when a bundled free kick resulted in Hiram Mier crossing for Diego Reyes to score. Fabian then added his second before Israel Jimenez's rocket of a free kick made it 5-0. Fabian completed the hat trick in the 85th minute when he pounced on a rebound and buried it.
With all three substitutions used up, Mexico had to play with 10 men when Nestor Calderon went off injured, but up 6-0 and just five minutes let to play, it didn't matter. Trinidad and Tobago did get a goal from Kevin Molina in the 87th minute, but Javier Cortes answered that when he combined with Pulido to get free before finishing for the last tally of the game.
Mexico will now take a day off before hosting Honduras on Sunday in a match of two teams on three points in Group B. Trinidad and Tobago will take on Panama on Sunday.