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.
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.
In this relegation six-pointer, a last-minute goal gave Monarcas Morelia the 0-1 away win against Puebla. The result is a second straight victory for Morelia and keeps them unbeaten in three, while Puebla has now lost two in a row.
Neither team wanted to lose this game far more than either one wanted to win it. Play was decidedly cautious for long stretches of the game, and goal-scoring chances didn’t begin to appear in earnest until the second half.
América let a two-goal lead slip, but a late goal by Cecilio Domínguez gave the Águilas a 2-3 victory against Pumas UNAM. The result keeps América unbeaten in three while Pumas suffered their first home loss of the season.
The universitarios started the game off better as they looked to take advantage of América’s absentees, as well as the forced substitution of the injured Miguel Samudio. In the 18th minute, they nearly opened the scoring when Jesús Gallardo found an open Nicolás Castillo, but he couldn’t put his shot on frame.
Both teams had the lead at one time or another, but in the end Necaxa and Jaguares de Chiapas had to settle for a 2-2 draw. The result keeps the Rayos unbeaten in three but winless in four, while Jaguares remain winless in two and winless in four on the road.
With both teams involved in the relegation fight, there was plenty of motivation on both sides to earn a victory. Necaxa seized the initiative and began to test Moisés Muñoz, with Edson Puch having the first opportunity of the night.