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Mexico 6-0 Cuba: Oribe Peralta’s hat trick leads the way for El Tri in Gold Cup opener

Oribe Peralta & Carlos Vela, Mexico — 2015 Gold Cup

Oribe Peralta & Carlos Vela, Mexico — 2015 Gold Cup

Jonathan Daniel

Days 1 and 2 of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup brought us four tight, tense games that were decided by a combined one goal (three draws). Thursday’s games from Group C were…well, considerably less competitive.

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Trinidad and Tobago thumped Guatemala, 3-1, in the undercard, a couple hours before Mexico hammered — and continued to hammer — Cuba, to the tune of 6-0, in front of a largely pro-Mexico crowd of 54,126 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

El Tri put to death, emphatically, a seven-game winless streak which stretched back to June 3. Mexico outshot Cuba by a margin of 44 to 3. Carlos Vela and Andres Guardado each bagged a goal of their own, neatly spacing out Oribe Perlata’s hat trick on the night. Giovani dos Santos scored the last one of Mexico’s half-dozen goals.

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To the highlight reel we go…

Third time’s the charm as Oribe Peralta gives Mexico the early lead over Cuba. #GoldCup2015

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 10, 2015

Comical Cuban defending leads to #ElTri‘s second goal, courtesy of Carlos Vela. #GoldCup2015

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 10, 2015

Oribe Peralta makes it 3-0 for #ElTri with his second of the half. #GoldCup2015 — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 10, 2015

It’s all too easy for Mexico as Guardado made it 4-0 just before halftime. #GoldCup2015 — FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 10, 2015

Oribe Peralta seals his hat trick as Mexico go up 5-0 on Cuba. #GoldCup2015

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 10, 2015

No offside this time! Giovanni Dos Santos makes it a half dozen goals for Mexico. #GoldCup2015

— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) July 10, 2015

In truth, nothing was learned from this game. Mexico could/should have won by more than 10 — 44 shots to 3!!! — because Cuba are really, really, really bad. Mexico, who currently sit atop of Group A ahead of Trinidad and Tobago on goal difference, have a date with Guatemala on Sunday.

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