Mexico kept their World Cup hopes alive on Friday night, and it'll take another solid performance to stay in the hunt when they face Costa Rica in a tough finale to the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying round.
The Mexicans won in thrilling fashion against Panama last Friday, pulling it out 2-1 on a late Raul Jimenez goal in the 85th minute that kept a gasp of hope alive for a national team that has been sputtering big-time over the summer months.
Meanwhile, Costa Rica are firmly inside the World Cup field after an impressive qualifying round, and they'll certainly be motivated by the prospect of keeping the talented Mexicans out of the field heading to Brazil.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know for Tuesday's showdown.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: Estadio Nacional, San Jose, Costa Rica
Watch: Telemundo (Mex.)
Live Stream: DeportesTelemundo
Top Storyline: Will El Tri Keep Brazil Bid Alive?
Perhaps the biggest storyline of the entire CONCACAF World Cup qualifying stage will unfold on Tuesday, as Mexico tries to get into the final four spots and punch a ticket to Brazil.
El Tri got into fourth place in the standings with their Friday win, but even that spot provokes more worry for the Mexicans. The top-three spots enjoy an automatic qualification to Brazil, while the fourth-placed nation will face the winner of the Oceania region (New Zealand) in a two-leg playoff.
Of course, after the struggles this squad has faced as of late, they'll certainly take any spot they can garner.
Leading Panama by three points for the fourth and final spot, Mexico control their own destiny. It would take an El Tri loss coupled with a lopsided Panama win over the U.S. to knock the Mexicans out of the running.
However, both of those results are entirely possible, with Mexico facing a streaking Costa Rica team and Panama playing a U.S. side that has nothing left to play for, having already secured the No. 1 spot in the group.
Prediction: Mexico 3, Costa Rica 2
With their backs against the wall on Friday, Mexico saved their best for last and came through in the clutch. It was in that moment that it became evident El Tri should at least end their World Cup qualifying stage having secured a playoff spot.
Expect Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and company to use that momentum in their favor, excelling in this do-or-die situation and, for once, putting their immense talents to good use.
If Costa Rica come out firing on all cylinders and find some early offensive success, they could put Mexico away early. But if that doesn't happen, El Tri will find a way to pull one out.