In the early 1950s, the Haitian selection reappeared on the international scene after 20 years of pause due to the tensions of the Second World War. Led by Frenchman Paul Baron, the Haitian players entered the qualifiers of the 1954 World Cup Switzerland. In qualifying in Group 11, they were humiliated by the Mexicans (8-0) Sunday, July 19, 1953 in Mexico City . This is the first real disappointment in the history of the Haitian team. Let's see!
Faced with Mexico on Sunday, July 19, 1953, the National Eleven had never suffered such a beating since his first official matches against Jamaica in March 1925: a defeat (8-0) in Mexico in front of 50,000 spectators at the Estadio Olimpico. For this meeting, the national coach, Paul Baron, opted for a classical composition with Abel Léger, Joseph Beaulieu, Paul Bonaventure, Paul Desrosiers, André Dieudonné, Yvon Dorcans, Gerard Haig, Louis R. Jacques, Gerard Gerard Kerby, Pierre Roc and Antoine Tassy. The Mexican starting lineup was as follows: Antonio Carbajal in the cage, Baltazar Izaguirre, Gregorio Gómez, José Vela,
Sergio Bravo, Rafael Avalos, Pedro Arnauda, Francisco Hernandez,
Horacio Casarín, Tomás Balcázar and Nicolás Téllez
The English referee William Crawford kicked off and the Mexicans began to dominate from start to finish the first moments of the match. Too feverish, the Haitians gave in leaving Tomas Balcázar Gonzalez find the flaw in the 22nd minute of play. Sounded by this opener, the men of Paul Baron showed no reaction. Technically superior, the locals added to the bill thanks to Tomas who realized the dubbed in two minutes. In the 27th, Gregorio Trepa Gomez scored a nice goal from the right, then Nicolas Tellez scored the (4-0), we played the 34th minute. The players of Horacio Casarin Garcilazo had definitively taken shelter before the break when Pedro Picao Arnaudo cheated Abel Leger (38th).
Back from the locker room, the selection did not improve his game. And the Aztecs took advantage of it. Pedro Arnaudo was going to give himself a second goal (6-0, 69th). A quarter of an hour before the end of the game, Tomas Balcazar made the difference alone to achieve a hat-trick before Pedro Arnaudo imitated with 3 goals, enough to complete the success of the Mexicans (8-0, 85th). The National Eleven suffered his worst defeat that day. It was not until 6 years later, against Brazil in Chicago, to see such disappointment, defeat (9-1).
At the end of the match, Mexico was in first position with three remaining games to be played. As for the Haitian team, it occupied the last place that day. It should be noted that the Haitians had never yet qualified for a World Cup finals and these qualifiers for the 1954 playoff represented their second attempt. Mexico had already participated in 2 finals, in 1930 and 1950, and played at that time his 9th playoff game all editions combined.