Carlos Salcido and Jesus Zavala scored to give Mexico a 2-0 lead against Costa Rica on Friday night during World Cup qualifiers in San Jose’s Estadio Nacional. Mexico leads group B with nine points and will face Costa Rica against midweek.
Mexico: Jesus Corona, Severo Meza, ‘Maza’ Rodríguez, Hector Moreno, Jorge Torres Nilo, Carlos Salcido, Jesus Zavala(Israel Jimenez 36′), Javier Aquino(Ayala 83′), Andres Guardado, Oribe Peralta, Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez(Marco Fabian 76′).
Costa Rica: Navas, Salvatierra, González, Oviedo, Umaña(Brenes 64′), Acosta, Barrantes(Rojas 45′), Cubero, Bolaños, Campbell(Wallace 72′), Saborio.
Mexico kept possession and controlled much of the game in the first half, but had difficulty capitalizing on the presented opportunities.
In the 32nd minute Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez had an opportunity in front of goal after receiving a pass from Oribe Peralta, but all the United player could do was send it high over the crossbar.
Costa Rica were playing a phyiscal game, and Severo Meza was on the end of a foul from Bryan Oviedo that took him out of the game.
Carlos Salcido put Mexico in front in the 43rd minute. Andres Guardado took a corner kick, and Javier ‘Maza’ Rodriguez headed the ball back before Salcido managed to control and shoot with his right leg to send to the back of the net.
It didn’t take long into the second half for Mexico to double their lead. In the 52nd minute Mexico earned a corner kick. Guardado took the shot and Jesus Zavala managed to send in to the goal with his right foot for the 2-0 lead.
Brenes gave Costa Rica a glimmer of hope in the 77th minute, but his goal was called offside and kept Mexico at a 2-0 lead.
Mexico currently lead qualifying group B with nine points. Costa Rica is second with four points. The top two teams move on to the hexagonal.
Overall, Costa Rica did not provide too much difficulty for Mexico. They played a physical game, but that didn’t help them much in terms of dominating.
Mexico faces Costa Rica at home in the Azteca Stadium on Tuesday, September 11.