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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.

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World Cup Qualifying: Costa Rica vs Mexico – Where to Watch

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.

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Mexico Roster for September World Cup Qualifiers

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:

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

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.

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World Cup Qualifying: Mexico’s Starting Lineup vs Costa Rica

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.

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World Cup Qualifying: Mexico vs Costa Rica – Where to Watch

Mexico will host their first home game of the Hex when they face Costa Rica in the Estadio Azteca this Friday.

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.

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Mexico Releases Roster for March World Cup Qualifiers

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.

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Women’s Olympic Qualifying: Mexico vs Costa Rica – Recap and Highlights

logo CONCACAFMexico fell 1-2 to Costa Rica in their final group stage match, a result that ensures that El Tri Femenil will not be present in this summer’s Rio Olympics.

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

Women’s Olympic Qualifying: Mexico vs Costa Rica – Where to Watch

logo CONCACAFTheir final group stage match is a crucial one for both the Mexican and the Costa Rican women’s national teams. The U.S. has already claimed one of the two top spots in Group A; Puerto Rico is eliminated from contention. That leaves Mexico and Costa Rica in a head-to-head duel for advancement.

The winner of this game will move on to the semifinals, where a win would send them to this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio. The loser will go home.  Continue reading

Olympic Qualifying: Mexico vs Costa Rica – Recap and Highlights

olympic qualifyingThe Mexican U-23 team got their Olympic qualifying campaign off to a good start with a 4-0 win against their Costa Rican counterparts. The win lifts Mexico to the top of the Group B table and sends Costa Rica to the foot of it.

The Costa Ricans had the first chance of the game, but an early shot ended up safely in the hands of Manuel Gibrán Lajud. Then, in the 18th minute, Mexico opened the scoring. Arturo González played in Marco Bueno, who sent a left-footed shot past the keeper to make it 1-0.

Costa Rica threatened an equalizer once or twice, including with a good shot in the 30th minute that Lajud was able to send out for a corner kick. But at the end of the half Mexico scored their second to take control of the game. Following a corner kick, the unfortunate William Fernández ended up sending the ball into his own net.

It was in the final 15 minutes of the game that Mexico began to run up the score. In the 76th minute, Marco Bueno finished off his brace after a great pass from Hirving Lozano to make it 3-0. Then, in the 87th minute, “Cubo” Torres made it four somewhat controversially, as he seemed to have been in an offside position.

Mexico will now face Haiti on Sunday while Costa Rica takes on Honduras that same day.

With the 4-0 win, Mexico reaches three points while Costa Rica remains on zero.

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Lineups

Mexico: Manuel Lajud, Josécarlos Van Rankin, Carlos Salcedo, Rodolfo Pizarro, Jordan Silva, Erick Gutiérrez (Erick Aguirre 65′), Arturo González (Hirving Lozano 65′), Raúl López (Daniel Álvarez 82′), Víctor Guzmán, Erick Torres, Marco Bueno.

Costa Rica: Darryl Parker, Steve Garita, William Fernández, Julio Cascante, Jospeh Mora (Berny Thomas 67′), Luis Sequeira, David Ramírez (Kenneth Dixon 72′), Christian Martínez, Dylan Flores (Freddy Álvarez 72′), John Ruíz, Ronald Matarrita. 

Group Table – Group B

# Team W T L GF GA GD Points
1 Mexico 1 0 0 4 0 +4 3
2 Honduras 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
3 Haiti 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
4 Costa Rica 0 0 1 0 4 -4 0