Mexico have not lost in Costa Rica in the last 21 years. But times have changed. El Tri must draw or win the final World Cup qualifier to secure a ticket for the playoff against New Zealand.
Last February, when the Hexagonal was about to start, people thought that Mexico would have been qualified by now because they were supposed to win their five games at the Estadio Azteca.
However, El Tri ran into trouble and could barely defeat Panama in what was once one of the most feared stadiums in world football.
Now, Victor Manuel Vucetich has the responsibility not only to keep the undefeated streak against Costa Rica intact, but also to qualify Mexico to Brazil 2014.
With a squad that mixes experience with youth, Vucetich knows that there’s no room for error.