July 23, 2009 5:00 PM EDT
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panamá)
July 23, 2009 5:00 PM EDT
Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panamá)
Penalty Goal Carlos Vela
Penalty Goal C. Oviedo
Penalty Goal Efraín Juárez
Missed Penalty F. Ledezma
Penalty Goal Gerardo Torrado
Penalty Goal Celso Borges
Penalty Goal Giovani dos Santos
Penalty Goal A. Saborío
Penalty Goal G. Franco
US-MEXICO round 2, the B version with a confederation title on the line
MEXICO FINALIST! Carlos Vela slots it home!
Goal Costa Rica, but just barely! Oviedo does half-chip, ball hits bar, bounces over goal line
Juarez easily converts Mexico up by two, a save now gives Mexico the win
Mexico saves! Ochoa stops Ledezma's attempt
Mexico goal - Torrado converts
Costa Rica goal, Borges slams it in back of net
Goal Mexico - Gio converts
Goal Costa Rica; Saborio coolly slots attempt into corner, Ochoa guessed wrong, 1-1
Franco drilled it right down the middle; Saborio up first for Costa Rica
Goal Franco, Mex 1, Crc up next
Mexico will shoot first, Franco up
Mexico have historically done poorly in penalties, 86, 94 World Cups ended in penalties
End of regulation! PENALTY KICKS!!
Late Mexico attempt gets stomped out in area
Looks like match could be going to PKs, although given late heroics in regulation that's far from safe
Header off Costa Rican corner is soft, floats into Ochoa's arms
Saborio nearly gets a dangerous ball to Ledezma, Costa Rican corner
Mexico set piece leads to a corner
Granados with a shot from distance and Ochoa extends to push it wide; ensuing corner leads to nothing.
Franco pushes open header high over crossbar. Strong attempt could have been tough for Navas to handle.
That's it. First half is over. Not a whole lot of time now for teams to get a late winner.
Mexico attacks down right side, Gio again sends ball to front of goal but nobody could get to it
Gio does well to find Vela on the far post but Vela fans on his attempt. Locals hope Cutler-to-Hester combo works better than this Gio-to-Vela on this field.
Navas again with a save off a Mexico free kick, wonderful save
Yellow Card C. Oviedo
Granados takes off on counterattack but ran out of gas before getting to penalty area.
Navas with a great save on Carlos Vela. Navas trying to make up for giving up late goal.
91 - Game on!
Costa Rica could have rolled over and given up but to their credit the Ticos did not go out without a fight. Thanks to a great finish by Ledezma and a fantastic pass by Saborio, Ticos still have a shot at first-ever Gold Cup title.
End of Regulation. Costa Rica 1, Mexico 1. Stunning turn of events.
Saborio flicked a header into the box, ball got around Valenzuela and Ledezma did well to finish. Costa Rica have life after all.
Goal F. Ledezma
Pura Vida!! Froyland Ledezma with a stunning equalizer!
Substitution Andy Herron Óscar Granados
Looks like it will be US-Mexico in the final, again. Both the US and Mexico leave 95 percent of their top players at home yet reach the final once more. So much for parity.
Goal G. Franco
Goal Mexico! Guille gets it, strong shot on goal, Navas powerless to stop it.
Mexico seemed to have something going on but Medina is offside
Yellow Card Freddy Fernández
Fernandez knocks Vela down after Vela takes off on a counter, Fernandez sees yellow
Carlos Vela makes his first appearance in the Gold Cup since the opening match against Nicaragua. Vela comes in for Pinto, forward for defender
Substitution F. Pinto Carlos Vela
Delgado hits a header off a corner kick high over the crossbar.
Saborio off a corner kick gets his head to it but sends it wide.
Mexico fans throwing debris on the field as Costa Rica lines up for a corner kick. Reliant Revisited.
Lights out! Some of the lights up in Soldier Field went out but the game only pauses for a minute
Borges with a shot that could have been more dangerous
Guille Franco in for Sabah, first touch opens Gio in box but Gio hits a soft shot on goal
Substitution M. Sabah G. Franco
Costa Rica's Marshall gets a yellow for fouling Gio from behind, didn't look like much contact but Marshall gets booked anyway.
Yellow Card Dennis Marshall
Froylan Ledezma in for Armando Alonso; Alonso had a strong effort but Costa Rica manager Rodrigo Kenton wants more punch up front.
Substitution A. Alonso F. Ledezma
Costa Rica's Herrera takes his first shot on goal but his 20-yard shot goes well over the bar
Alvaro Saborio pushes Efrain Juarez and gets called for a foul but Juarez knocks Saborio down and lucky to not get a second yellow
Mexico counter snuffed out by a hard-tackling Dennis Marshall.
Harold Wallace with a look but sent it well over the crossbar. Ochoa was off his line but Wallace skied it.
Sabah had the ball inside the box and had a chance for redemption but couldn't turn around, Tico defenders swarmed on him
Costa Rica changes Pablos: Herrer in, Brenes out. Brenes didn't do well to generate offense for Costa Rica
Substitution Brenes Pablo Herrera
Gio gets a look on goal but pushes his shot high.
Sabah takes it and MISS! Navas dives and easily gets to it. Soft PK by Sabah, who had been having a strong tournament. Match remains scoreless and Fernandez is off the hook
Missed Penalty M. Sabah
Costa Rica's Fernandez with an inexplicable hand ball inside the area
Penalty call against Costa Rica! Mexico gets a chance to take the lead.
Marshall does well to clear a ball out. Had Medina gotten to it, he woudl have had all sorts of room on the right side of the box.
Mexico sub: Pablo Barrera out, Gringo Castro in. Barrera was seemingly having a decent match but acting manager Carrillo likely felt otherwise
Substitution Pablo Edson Barrera J. Castro
Alonso with a good cross to the front of the goal but Herron can't get a shot on goal.
Gringo Castro getting set to come in for Mexico
Yellow Card Juan Carlos Valenzuela
Mexico's Efrain Juarez gets booked for hauling down Andy Herron with a handful of jersey
Second half underway, Gio tests Costa Rica's goal with an early shot but ball goes right to Navas
End of Half. 0-0.
Gio with a header attempt in front of goal but can't do anything with it.
The game started out with a lot of high-paced action but it all but died down after the 30th minute.
Alonso with a 20-yard shot but hits it right to Ochoa
The attacks have dried up. Neither side doing much of late.
Saborio had a look from 12 yards out but sent the ball into the upper deck. Robbie Gould would have been proud.
Medina got the ball on a breakaway down the right side of the area, tried to get ball to front but Navas did well to get to it first
Dario Delgado with a yellow, either for a hard foul or for his manner of complaining
Yellow Card D. Delgado
Castro tried to line up a shot but ball got blocked by a sliding Tico defender
Oviedo called for a dangerous play, as he got his foot close to Torrado's head, Torrado barks at Oviedo afterward
Herron gets a yellow for another foul on Castro; it was just a matter of time before a Costa Rican yellow
Yellow Card Andy Herron
Herron with a tough foul now on Castro, almost got his elbow up to Castro's face
Torrado and yellow cards go together like soccer and grass
Torrado booked, although it looked like Magallon knocked Saborio down
Yellow Card Gerardo Torrado
Torrado knocks down Saborio, tempers flare... repeat of 2007 anyone?
Harold Wallace with a hard foul on Alberto Medina; Mexico have been on the receiving end of some hard fouls early on
Armando Alonso rattles a shot off the crossbar from 18 yards out. Mexico escapes.
Barrera with some danger on the right but Sabah can't get to it
Saborio with a hard foul on Magallon, second tough Tico foul in the last few minutes
Andy Herron with a shot on goal but Efrain Juarez clears it away
Live Final scheduled Suspended Cancelled Postponed