If you listen closely you can hear Jose Manuel de la Torre exhale a huge sigh of relief. The Mexican national team really impressed with their showing against Ivory Coast, after whispers of Chepo's job being in jeopardy were certainly being heard around the world. 

It was widely expected that Chepo would be fired soon, after many unimpressive showings, including in the Confederations Cup. 

The likes of Angel Reyna, Oribe Peralta, and Carlos Salcido stepped up and helped Chepo de la Torre dismantle the Ivory Coast. 

Oribe helped out by scoring two, while Reyna controlled the game and added a goal himself. With Reyna's penetrating dribbling and Peralta's deadly finishing, Mexico were able to put away Ivory Coast with a comfortable scoreline. 

It wasn't just the result that is going to give Chepo a huge sigh of relief. It's the way that they won the game. Mexico seemed confident on the ball, and also had composure on the ball. 

They played solid defence with an offence ready to strike whenever given the opportunity. Mexico's old form was back. They pressured off the ball and forced Ivory Coast into making costly errors such as this one.

Ivory Coast scored from a harsh penalty call against Mexico, when they were already leading by a score of 3-1. 

This wasn't even Mexico's strongest squad either with the likes of Francisco Rodriguez, Andres Guardado, and Javier Hernandez missing from action. 

That's a testament as to how deep a squad Mexico has, with young players like Marco Fabian and Diego Reyes taking the chance to impress Chepo de la Torre.  

Mexico had 60% possession and had taken 15 shots, six of which were on goal. Any minute in which Mexico wasn't on the ball, they were pressuring the opposition and making them cough up the ball. They refused to give Ivory Coast time on the ball. 

Should Mexico continue this form in their World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras and the United States, they may very well take all six points from those games in September. 

They currently sit in third only behind the United States and Costa Rica. The United States lead the standings with 13 points, and Mexico are five points behind with a total of eight points. 

Below are the goals from the game:

 

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