Mexico vs. Costa Rica: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying: Mexico 0-0 Costa Rica
11 June 2013
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Referee: Mark Geiger (United States)
Mexico XI: Corona; Flores, Maza, Moreno, Salcido; Barrera, Herrera Zavala, Guardado; De Nigris, Hernandez
Costa Rica XI: Navas; Gamboa, Umana, Gonzalez, Acosta; Diaz, Tejeda, Barrantes, Bolanos; Ruiz, Campbell
Mexico drew their third consecutive World Cup qualifying match at Estadio Azteca, Tuesday, as Costa Rica earned a brave split decision in Mexico City.
Despite an energetic start the hosts struggled mightily to create meaningful openings, and the chances that did come over the course of the match fell to Costa Rica, who came close on a number of occasions through Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz and Michael Umana.
Mexico have now scored just three goals in six matches in The Hex, and while they’re currently joint-top of the six-team mini-league with eight points they’ve also played a game more than everyone else in the bracket with the exception of Jamaica.
Manager Jose Manuel de la Torre will surely be feeling the heat over the next few days. From here he will take his team to Brazil for the Confederations Cup, but you got the feeling on Tuesday if the Azteca fans had their way he’d be out of a job by Wednesday.
Costa Rica, meanwhile, have now taken seven of a possible nine points from Jamaica, Honduras and Mexico and are well positioned to qualify for a fourth World Cup finals.
That's all for me, folks. But be sure to check out the site for all your post-match content from the day's World Cup qualifying action.
FT: Mexico 0-0 Costa Rica. Azteca is NOT pleased.
Unfortunately for Mexico, Sven just got a new job. :-)
Somewhere...Carlos Vela is laughing his ass off. DLT lost the battle and lost the war with the fans chanting for his ass to be fired— IBES (@IBES16) June 12, 2013
93' Seriously. What is Salcido doing there. Just abysmal.
Not surprisingly Costa Rica manager Jorge Luis Pinto is irate at the seven minutes.
Whoah. There will be seven minutes of time added. Not sure where Geiger found seven minutes...
87' Gamboa, who has been excellent, with a superb intervention on Chicharito, who would have been off to the races had he managed to win possession off the Costa Rica defender.
86' Saborio replaces Campbell for Costa Rica.
85' Guardado's free-kick was dangerous but somehow evaded both Chicharito and Flores.
To clarify: Costa Rica has had to play WCQ's in 10 inches of snow and on a field where men with shields are required to keep thems safe.— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) June 12, 2013
82' Jiminez with a terrible first touch, the ball falls to Zavala and he hammers it way over the bar. Agricultural finishing.
Projectiles thrown from Mexican fans at Costa Rican players are an embarrassment. Still 0-0.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 12, 2013
80' Ruiz trying to explain to the referee that he can't take the corner because garbage is being thrown at him! Really though, Ruiz and Costa Rica won't mind this time-wasting.
79' And the Azteca fans are littering the pitch near the corner flag, where Ruiz is waiting to take his corner, with bottles and other garbage. My goodnes..
76' Celso Borges has come on for Costa Rica with Barrantes making way.
75' De la Torres makes his final substitution, sending out Giovani dos Santos for Herrera.
Mark Geiger is the referee for Mexico-Costa Rica. Anyone who watches MLS knows that he makes some Turkish referees look competent.— Ata Dizdar (@ata_dizdar) June 12, 2013
72' Umana quite nearly puts Costa Rica ahead! Corner kick to the guests, but Flores clears it confidently.
71' Yellow card to Herrera for a challenge on Cunningham.
70' The Ticos counter, but Campbell's attempted pass to Bryan Ruiz has slightly too much weight on it.
70' Mexico with an eighth corner of the match. Flores got a slight header on it, but Navas grabbed it easily.
68' Gardado with an abysmal back-pass nearly gives Costa Rica a clean break on goal. Mexico increasingly desperate, and with that desperation will come sloppiness.
66' First substitution for Costa Rica: Bolanos off in favour of Cunningham.
64' Aquino replaces Barrera for Mexico.
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