World Cup Qualifying: Costa Rica vs Mexico – Recap and Highlights

Mexico took the lead but couldn’t hold it as Costa Rica scored late to make it 1-1. The draw mathematically guarantees the Ticos will finish in the top four, and it would require a very unlikely series of scenarios to keep them out of the top three and the automatic qualifying spots.

Mexico had a number of chances in the first half, but Keylor Navas’s heroics in goal kept the game goalless until just before halftime. The hosts had chances of their own as well, with Memo Ochoa making several important saves of his own.

Then, just before halftime, El Tri took the lead. Raúl Jiménez sent a dangerous cross towards the center, and Giovani dos Santos chested it towards goal. Navas made a good save, but the rebound hit the unfortunate Cristian Gamboa, who inadvertently redirected the ball into his own net to give Mexico the 0-1 lead with his 42nd-minute own-goal.

It looked like that lead was going to be enough for Mexico, but with time winding down Marcos Ureña scored a golazo to level the game for Costa Rica. In the 82nd minute, Ureña got on to a bouncing ball at the top of the box and hit it on the volley to beat Ochoa and make it 1-1.

The Ticos then came close to completing the comeback in stoppage time but Mexico was able to keep their unbeaten record alive.

With the 1-1 draw, Costa Rica reaches 15 points while Mexico reaches 18.

Highlights

Hexagonal Standings

# Team W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Mexico 5 3 0 11 3 +8 18
2 Costa Rica 4 3 1 12 5 +7 15
3 Panama 2 4 2 7 5 +2 10
4 United States 2 3 3 12 11 +1 9
5 Honduras 2 3 3 9 16 -7 9
6 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 7 4 15 -11 3

Lineups

Costa Rica: Keylor Navas, Johnny Acosta, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Bryan Oviedo (Rodney Wallace 59′), Cristian Gamboa, Celso Borges, David Guzmán (Daniel Colindres 75′), Christian Bolaños (Johan Venegas 58′), Bryan Ruiz, Marcos Ureña.

Mexico: Guillermo Ochoa, Jair Pereira, Héctor Moreno, Diego Reyes, Jesús Gallardo, Edson Álvarez, Jonathan dos Santos, Giovani dos Santos (Carlos Vela 72′), Andrés Guardado (Jesús Manuel Corona 63′), Raúl Jiménez (César Montes 79′), Hirving Lozano.

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