Mexico lost to Costa Rica 1-2 on the road today. Bryan Ruiz gave Los Ticos the lead in the 24th minute. Just before his goal, Mexico scored but was called offside. Replays show that the ball did not touch the offside player. El Tri did respond with a goal from Oribe Peralta in the 26th minute. Mexico couldn’t find any touch or real rhythm after that. Costa Rica took advantage of a counter and Saborio headed one in past Ochoa in the second half.
The game would remain 1-2 and Mexico looked to be out of the World Cup. However, the United States kept Mexico alive by scoring two goals and sinking Panama in stoppage time. With this news Mexico has claimed the fourth spot in CONACACF WCQ, and will play New Zealand in a two-legged playoff.
Mexico last played New Zealand in 2011, winning comfortably 3-0. Mexico will have a major upside to the playoff, because New Zealand will come to Mexico first. This means Mexico has to take care of business at home first. Rumors have it that Mexico will play at Toluca at high-noon in order to take advantage of a major altitude factor.
Mexico has a friendly coming up on October 30th against Finland. It could be possible that Mexico will have another friendly to prepare for the World Cup playoff.