Almost everything was perfect for the more than a dozen Mexican fans who joined together at Rudy’s Tenampa Taqueria in Westport on Thursday.
The only glitch during Mexico’s 2-0 win against France in the World Cup? The noise-makers that Lorenzo Cervantez brought for the party didn’t actually make any noise.
But other than that, there was no reason for the Mexican fans to be unhappy. Even at halftime, which was scoreless, there was an air of confidence.
“We truly believe Mexico is going to win,” said Rudy Garcia.
And, yes, that’s his restaurant. In fact, he took the unusual stop of banning any food that would remind you of Thursday’s opponent.
“You’ll notice there are no French fries on the menu,” quipped Tommy Garcia.
OK, you’ve never been able to order French fries, but that’s beside the point. And there was a good reason for the confidence among the group, which was decked out in green, red and white.
There were high-fives all around when Javier Hernandez scored in the 64th minute. Sure, the noise-makers didn’t work, but no one seemed to mind.
And the party only got stronger when Cuauhtemoc Blanco converted his penalty kick to remove any doubt on the outcome. When the final whistle blew, there was a collective “Viva Mexico!” in the restaurant. The fans clearly enjoyed watching as a group.
“It’s more fun this way,” said Maria Garcia.
Mexico has nearly punched its ticket to the knockout round, but Argentina could be waiting. Not that it mattered to Cervantez.
“Argentina ain’t nothing but something to do,” Cervantez said. “We’re not worried.”