It’s nicknamed “The Hex” for a reason.
In Tuesday’s early CONCACAF qualifiers Costa Rica beat Jamaica, 2-0, to pick up their first win of the six-team mini-tournament and Panama, who now head the standings with five points, shut out former table-toppers Honduras by the same scoreline.
Those results served to tighten a bracket that was already competitive, and in the late kickoff, the United States’ scoreless draw in Mexico City pulled the Americans into a three-way tie for second-place alongside Costa Rica and Honduras.
Mexico, who have drawn all three of their matches in The Hex so far, are second from the bottom, with only Jamaica—on two points—below them.
It goes without saying that if the United States were going to pick up a point at the Azteca, they were always going to need a handful of all-world performances, and they got those in bunches on Tuesday. Mexico, conversely, created little, despite dominating possession, and some questions will, no doubt, be asked of manager Jose Manuel de la Torre’s squad in the coming days.
The referee, too, was more noticeable than he might have been.
The following slides reveal three “winners” and three “losers” from Tuesday’s match, beginning with the losers.