Watch: Players Come to Blows in Heated US-Mexico Final
Fans hurled cold-drink bottles towards the players as animosity grew manifold in the summit clash.
Tempers flared high at the CONCACAF Nations League final between the USA and Mexico as punches and missiles flew in addition to a few nasty tackles.
The violent affair was not only halted for about three minutes in second-half stoppage time owing to derogatory fan chants at Empower Field but was also marred by American attacker Gio Reyna copping a blow on the face by a thrown object following Christian Pulisic’s goal.
“Total lack of respect for what’s happening on the field and all effort that both teams are putting into the game,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter Berhalter lamented. “I think he’s going to be OK, but he did take something to the head, and it could have been a lot worse. One of the classic, odd U.S.-Mexico games.”
The referees struggled to keep a lid on the hostile proceedings as a couple of players came at loggerheads with each other. Their teammates were quick to react and played the peacemaker to prevent the scuffle from going bad to worse.
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