With the FIFA World Cup less than three months away, qualified teams from around the world are using this week’s international break to play friendly matches in preparation for the summer tournament. Mexico, which was drawn into a tough Group F alongside Germany, South Korea, and Sweden, kicks off its tune-ups with a match against Iceland, the smallest country in terms of population to ever qualify for the World Cup.
The tiny island nation was the surprise team in the 2016 European Championships, reaching the quarterfinals after a stunning Round of 16 victory over England. Iceland beat out Croatia to top its World Cup qualifying group last fall and was drawn against them again into Group D this summer, along with Argentina and Nigeria.
Both Mexico and Iceland have been training in the Bay Area this week to get ready for Friday night’s match at Levi’s Stadium, kick-off at 7:00 p.m., and both teams are expected to field strong starting line-ups. The game will be televised on Univision Deportes and streamed online at www.univision.com. Tickets are still available at all the usual outlets.