Mexico defeated Costa Rica with a goal from Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez on Tuesday evening at the Azteca Stadium to secure their place in the next stage of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifying.
Mexico: Corona, Meza, Maza , Moreno, Salcido, Torres Nilo(Fabian 62′), Zavala, Aquino(Hernandez 67′), Guardado, Oribe(Torrado 81′), Chicharito
Costa Rica: Navas, Badilla, Gonzalez, Acosta, Salvatierra, Leal(Wallace 73′), Tejeda(Borges 76′), Cubero, Bolaños, Campbell(Saborio 59′), Brenes
Jose de la Torre started with the same 11 players that defeated Costa Rica 2-0 on Friday and his insistance paid off.
With long balls, Mexico attempted to launch attacks on Costa Rica’s goal.
One of Mexico’s best opportunities came in the 41st minute when Hector Moreno headed, but Keylor Navas managed to make the save by punching the ball away.
Andres Guardado followed up moments later with a long distance shot, but the ball sailed over the goal.
Mexico continued to dominate going in to the second half, but the dominance didn’t immediately translate into a clear opportunities.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez found the back of the net for Mexico in the 60th minute. Jorge Torres Nilo centered, and with an open goal Hernandez headed in for the 1-0 lead.
Costa Rica stepped up their attempts at goal, with Jesus Corona making a save in the 66th minute.
In the end it wasn’t enough and Costa Rica weren’t able to gather any points to take with them to the next round.
Mexico currently stand in first place of group B with 12 points and their place secured in the hexagonal.
Mexico will face Guyana on October 12 and El Salvador on October 16.
Since El Tri already has passaged secured it could be time to experiment, but de la Torre seems to like consistency so it’ll be interesting to see who he takes.