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Played
September 5, 2009 10:00 AM EDT
Ricardo Saprissa, San José
Referee:‬ Neal Brizan (Trinidad)‎
 
90′ +1
Game Over! Mexico wins 3-0!! All that stands between Mexico and South Africa is two home games!! Fans can start pricing flights from Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago.... etc... to Jo'burg or Cape Town.
 
90′
Saborio can't get a goal, his shot blocked by Salcido
 
90′
Three more minutes for Costa Rica to allow another goal. Most of the fans have left. Might Rodrigo Kenton be next?
 
85′
Borges elbows Guardado, might not have been intentional but he didn't do much to prevent such contact
 
81′
Not sure but Nery Castillo might be the first player ever from Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk to play a game at Estadio Saprissa, not sure how to check that but we're just going out on a limb here
 
81′
Mexico sub: Gio out, Nery Castillo in
 
80′
Substitution Cuauhtemoc Blanco N. Castillo
 
80′
Wonder if Mexico can match their Gold Cup final scoreline... not out of the question
 
79′
Mexico swarm on a counter, they smell blood; nothing came of it though, expect a foul; Johnson fouled Guardado
 
79′
As it stands, Mexico is on 12 points, one back of Honduras and the United States. Costa Rica is on 12 but by virtue of goal differential sit in fourth place. Losing 4-0 at Honduras and now 3-0 (for now) at home is how los Ticos lost their grip on CONCACAF
 
78′
Guardado free kick pushed just wide
 
77′
The goal before the half was a death blow for Costa Rica, it was just a matter of time before Mexico got another one, Costa Rica had nothing to give after the break
 
75′
Subs: Costa Rica's Alonso out, Pablo Herrera in; for Mexico Blanco is out, Miguel Sabah in
 
74′
Substitution C. Hernández William Sunsing
 
73′
Fans are pouring out of Estadio Saprissa. Won't stick around to see their team collapse right before their eyes... well, complete their collapse anyway... they fell apart early on
 
71′
Goal Jose Andrés Guardado
 
71′
Goal Guardado! The rout is on!! Another counterattack for Mexico, again Gio slips ball to center of box and this time it's Guardado who finishes with ease. Mexico 3!! Costa Rica 0.
 
70′
Saborio nearly gets a shot inside the box but can't quite shake Salcido-Osorio marker, wins corner for Costa Rica
 
69′
Substitution G. Franco Jose Andrés Guardado
 
69′
Mexico sub, Franco out, Andres Guardado in
 
68′
Sirias tries a shot from about 45 yards, Ochoa scoops it up with little problem
 
67′
Costa Rica's time is quickly slipping away
 
66′
Tico free kick, Borges hits wall
 
64′
Gringo Castro fouls Ledezma outside the box, Costa Rica free kick from edge of box
 
63′
Substitution C. Oviedo F. Ledezma
 
63′
Costa Rica sub, Oviedo out, Froylan Ledezma in, Ledezma scored late goal against Mexico in Gold Cup
 
63′
Costa Rica's grip on the top of the table is gone, their confidence is shaken and suddenly they look like they could be in line for the fourth spot
 
62′
Goal Mexico!! Gio and Guiller on a counterattack! Juarez did well to start the play in the middle of the field, sent through ball to Gio, who slipped ball to Franco
 
62′
Goal G. Franco
 
62′
Salcido nearly had something but fanned on a ball that could have been dangerous
 
60′
Costa Rica trying to feed the ball to Sirias on the left side for some service into the area but thus far nothing's working
 
59′
Ruiz loses ball, Bryan Ruiz and Saborio have shown nothing in the first hour of play
 
55′
Costa Rica not showing much going forward, Mexico is doing well to slow the game down
 
52′
First flicker of life for Costa Rica in second half as Ticos get some decent possession near Mexico area but nothing comes of it
 
50′
Costa Rica sub, Hernandez out, Esteban Sirias in
 
49′
Substitution C. Hernández E. Sirias
 
49′
Costa Rica hasn't come out with urgency quite yet, physical play continues as Juarez flattens Junior Diaz
 
46′
Second half underway
 
45′ +1
HALFTIME, Mexico 1, Costa Rica 0
 
45′
Gio scores! Well-taken left-footed shot from outside the box into the back of the net and Mexico gets on the board first!
 
45′
Goal Giovani dos Santos
 
44′
Ref's gotta be careful here because this game could get out of hand, Alonso with an elbow to Osorio, and Osorio understandably irate
 
43′
Yellow Card Ricardo Osorio
 
43′
Yellow Card A. Alonso
 
41′
Torrado will join Blanco on the sidelines for Wednesday's game too. Pavel Par... no, we won't go there
 
41′
Yellow Card Gerardo Torrado
 
41′
Torrado now getting into the action, rough challenge on Borges and gets a deserved yellow
 
40′
Israel Castro with a hip check that would make an NHL defenseman proud, no yellow card
 
40′
Blanco takes a forearm to the face, not much on it but Blanco grabs his face anyway, no card
 
36′
Saborio is out for Wednesday's game at El Salvador
 
35′
Yellow Card A. Saborío
 
35′
Saborio shows up, but not for the right reasons
 
34′
Johnson fouls Franco and is playing with fire, Johnson is a yellow waiting to happen
 
32′
Game's going back and forth now, but neither team can get much penetration
 
28′
Blanco's yellow will keep him out of the Honduras match on Wednesday, maybe that will give him even more motivation to make a difference here
 
27′
Saborio's been quiet for Costa Rica, missing Centeno no doubt
 
25′
Borges knocks Israel Castro down, game's pretty physical here, not really a surprise given these teams' recent past
 
24′
Yellow Card Cuauhtemoc Blanco
 
24′
Blanco yellow, for dissent
 
22′
Blanco does well to create space, cross to Franco but the new Estudiantes man hits a soft header right to Navas
 
20′
Costa Rica corner, Ruiz sends a shot over the crossbar
 
16′
Franco lines up a shot from well outside box but can't put it on frame
 
15′
Costa Rica finding it tough to find space, Alonso wins a corner for Ticos
 
13′
Blanco takes another hit, this one looked harder than the earlier one but no yellow on Carlos Johnson
 
13′
Franco found space on corner but fired header well wide of goal
 
12′
Another CK for Mexico, Juarez and Umaña battle for it but ref blows play dead, calls for re-kick
 
10′
Carlos Hernandez lines up free kick from 30 yards out, bounces right to Ochoa
 
9′
Blanco does what he does best, draws a foul, card
 
7′
Yellow Card C. Oviedo
 
7′
Ruiz sails a shot well over the crossbar
 
1′
Welcome to Mexico-Costa Rica. Gotta huge match here. Can the Ticos hold serve? Can Mexico continue their surge? We'll find out.
 
Results
Matchday 1
Times In EST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Peter Byers Peter Byers
Striker
10 1
B. Pérez B. Pérez
Striker
FC Dallas
9 0
J. Bengtson J. Bengtson
Striker
New England
9 0
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
8 2
A. Saborío A. Saborío
Striker
Real Salt Lake
8 1