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Marquez hopes win helps Mexican spirits after Trump election

Mexico v United States - FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 11: Bobby Wood #7 of the United States and Rafael Marquez #4 of Mexico jump for a head in the second half during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier at MAPFRE Stadium on November 11, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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Mexico captain Rafa Marquez started his evening in a show of solidarity with American players, but and finished it not just with his match-winner, but with comments aimed at supporting Mexicans in the United States.

President-elect Donald Trump made waves with controversial and anti-Mexican statements during the United States presidential campaign, which he won on Tuesday.

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In addition to saying that he’d build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and force Mexico to pay for it, he described a group of Mexican immigrants as “not their best” people.

So while Marquez refrained from going all-out against Trump after heading in the match-winner of a 2-1 win over the United States, he acknowledged the week that was for the many people of Mexican heritage inside and beyond the borders of the U.S.

From The Guardian:

“I don’t know about bad time, but a time of intolerance,” Márquez said after the match of Trump’s incendiary comments.

“But now, with this win [Mexicans] can forget a little bit about what happened here in the United States.

“It was a long time that we haven’t had a good game here. We are very happy and this is very important for us. It was the best opportunity to change the story here and tonight was what we had hoped for in the last couple of days.”

Mexico next heads to Panama with a chance to score a pristene six road points from its first two matches. Panama won Friday in Honduras by a 1-0 score.

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