11 de Noviembre del 2016 3:33 pm.
Anyone who enjoys football likely remembers the famous bicycle kick goal scored by Julio Gomez to send Mexico to the U17 final in 2011, which they eventually won and were crowned champions.
After suffering a nasty head injury during a play where teammate Jonathan Espericueta scored a direct goal off a corner kick – the game tying goal - Gomez got back into the game and in final minutes scored the winner with his world-famous “chilena” which to this day goes down as one of the most memorable moments in Mexico national team history.
All of it went down at Estadio Corona two years after the stadium’s inauguration. Gomez spoke with Club Santos to recall the goal itself, the game, and a stadium with an atmosphere he says he will remember for the rest of his life.
It wasn’t the first time the Tamaulipas-native stepped foot onto the pitch at TSM. Only months prior, on January 6, Gomez made his professional debut with Pachuca against los Guerreros, coming on as a sub in the second half.
“It was the first Primera Division field that I stepped on,” he recalls. “And it was magical for me, because that night I debuted with my club and who would think that months later I was going to play there to make history with my national team.”
Six months later, on July 7, Gomez and Mexico’s U17 team faced Germany in the semfinals at TSM in Torreon.
“Germany came as a favorite of the semifinal, so it also motivated us,” he said. “The stadium was always full from the start and that is the impression I’ll always have of the people there in Torreón. They always delivered when Mexico played. It was nice because the people always supported me, from when I received the blow to the very end when we won.”
Gomez had put Mexico on the scoresheet early with a goal in the 3rd minute, and after Germany had gotten two goals back, Espericueta scored off a direct corner in the 76th, where Gomez’s head smashed into the head of Germany’s Samed Yasil. With Mexico already having used all their substitutions, his head was bandaged to cover the bleeding, and he returned to the match.
In the 89th minute, Espuricueta sent a corner kick into the area, and Gomez scored his second of the game from inside the six yard box with a perfectly executed bicycle kick, securing Mexico’s pass to the final at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which El Tri won to become champions.
“The atmosphere was crazy,” he recalls. “The truth is it was the best thing that has happened to me, and for the people Torreon to be there supporting in that game, seeing the match, it’s something I will always remember.
The stadium is important to me because I began my my life as a professional there (with my debut for Pachuca), and I also made history with Mexico. I have a good image of the people of Torreon and the stadium, because in that game against Germany they supported us so much. Even though we were losing people never stopped supporting us. Because of that stadium I believe there was something magical. We were able to pass to the final and bring joy to all of the people.”