FC Barcelona’s Julián Araujo has been in the news lately, although unfortunately, it has not been for good reasons.
Araujo was at fault in the only goal during Mexico’s 1-0 loss to Qatar in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, drawing criticism from the local pundits.
It was Araujo’s first start in the tournament, which gave a poor impression as it was Mexico’s first loss as well.
The goal came from a cross from the right flank. Araujo was the nearest defender, but was caught flat-footed as Hazem Shehata moved across him and put the shot past Memo Ochoa, who was able to put a hand to it but not keep it out.
Araujo did not have a brilliant match, but he wasn’t all bad either. In fact, Mexico generated a lot of chances afterwards, but simply could not connect. And regardless, they went through as group winners.
However, it was an inauspicious moment for the young defender.