Mexico started off a little shaky, with a back pass nearly escaping Manuel Gibrán Lajud in the 10th minute for an own-goal, although the keeper was able to recover and grab the ball before it crossed the line.
El Tri is still under the interim management of Tigres UANL coach Ricardo Ferretti, while the Ticos have just announced the hiring of Gustavo Matosas as their new coach. Matosas will be watching this friendly from the stands, however, as he will not take charge until after this month’s matches.
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.
Mexico mathematically qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup after Friday’s 1-0 win against Panama, but El Tri will look to maintain first in the Hex – and their unbeaten record – when they travel to Costa Rica this Tuesday.
The Ticos are currently in second place in the Hexagonal standings with 14 points – three behind Mexico – and they also picked up an important win on Friday, when they beat the U.S. 2-0. They would mathematically clinch their own spot in Russia with a victory on Tuesday; they can also clinch with a draw if Panama fails to win.
The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has announced the list of players called up for Mexico’s September World Cup Qualifiers against Panama and Costa Rica.
The roster is missing some familiar names, with Oribe Peralta and Carlos Salcedo injured and Rafa Márquez dealing with his legal troubles. Miguel Layún, who is having trouble finding minutes with Porto, is also a notable absence. On the other hand, Jesús Manuel Corona is back on the roster after “Tecatito” missed the Confederations Cup for personal reasons.
The complete 25-man roster is as follows:
In their first home game of the Hex, Mexico beat Costa Rica 2-0 to move into first place in the standings. The result keeps El Tri unbeaten in this round of qualifying, while the Ticos suffered their first loss.
The game started perfectly for Mexico, with Javier Hernández giving the hosts the lead in just the 7th minute. Chicharito chipped Keylor Navas after receiving a through ball from Carlos Vela to make it 1-0; the goal, his 46th for the national team, ties him with Jared Borgetti as Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer.
For Mexico’s first home game of the Hexagonal, Juan Carlos Osorio looks to have chosen a 4-3-3 formation to face Costa Rica.
Memo Ochoa gets the nod in goal for the second straight qualifier, and there are six other repeats from the starting eleven that faced Panama back in November.
El Tri is currently in second place in the standings with four points, following a victory against the U.S. and a draw with Panama, while Costa Rica tops the table with six points after wins against Trinidad and Tobago and the U.S.
CONCACAF World Cup qualifying resumes next week, and Mexico will be facing Costa Rica and Trinidad and Tobago in the upcoming round of Hex games.
Mexico has announced their 25-man roster for the upcoming qualifiers, and there are some notable absences as Giovani dos Santos and Hirving Lozano miss out due to injury.
Costa Rica advances to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament with the win. Should Las Ticas win the semifinal, they will reach the Olympics for the first time in their history.
Mexico needed just a draw to advance, while Costa Rica needed to win. The Ticas started the game off stronger and they opened the scoring in just the 9th minute, when Raquel Rodríguez corralled a cross and sent her low shot past Cecilia Santiago. Continue reading