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.