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Played
September 7, 2012 10:00 PM EDT
Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica — San José
Referee:‬ R. Moreno‎
Attendance:‬ 32500‎
 
 
C. Salcido 43′
 
J. Zavala 52′
 
That's it! Mexico gets a huge 2-0 road win at Costa Rica. It's now nine points in three matches for El Tri, which looks like it will breeze into the Hexagonal
 
85′
Yellow Card Jorge Emmanuel Torres
 
84′
Yellow Card Giancarlo González
 
84′
Substitution J. Aquino Hugo Ayala
 
83′
Aquino gets a cross off and the ball falls for Navas, who gets his hand on the ball and sees Peralta kick his hand. Foul on Mexico as a minor scuffle ensues
 
82′
Yellow Card José Miguel Cubero Loria
 
78′
GOAL COSTA RICA! But it's waived off! Brenes latched onto a header and finished, but replays showed he was behind the last defender
 
76′
Substitution Javier Hernández M. Fabián
 
74′
Scramble in front of the goal and Maza gets his head on a bouncing ball at the far post. Mexico dodges a bullet
 
72′
Substitution Joel Campbell Rodney Wallace
 
70′
Costa Rica starting to find its way into the match but with two goals needed in 20 minutes, does it have enough time?
 
65′
Brenes JUST WIDE! The substitute's first touch is a glancing header that just misses the far post. Corona was stranded
 
63′
Substitution M. Umaña R. Brenes
 
63′
Guardado with another chance off a free kick, but again Navas is up to the task, this time snagging the ball out of the air
 
61′
Guardado off the crossbar! Navas appeared to get a hand on his long-range shot and push it onto the crossbar
 
57′
Really impressive from El Tri so far. With the USA losing tonight, even more evidence that Mexico is in a class of its own in CONCACAF
 
55′
GOAL MEXICO! Another goal off a corner kick! This time Zavala gets in front of his marker to turn a volley home from close range
 
53′
Great long ball up to Peralta, but Gonzalez covers well and tackles out for a corner
 
52′
Assist Jose Andrés Guardado
 
52′
Goal J. Zavala
 
50′
Campbell and Saborio linking up, but the Real Salt Lake man's cross just evades Campbell in the box
 
48′
Really rough and late tackle by Torres Nilo on Salvatierra. Somehow, the left back escapes without a card.
 
46′
Substitution Michael Barrantes Rojas O. Rojas
 
46′
Second half underway. No changes for either team
 
 
Halftime. Mexico gets a huge goal before halftime to make it 1-0
 
43′
Assist Rodríguez
 
43′
Goal C. Salcido
 
43′
GOAL MEXICO! Off the corner, Maza gets his head on the ball to flick on at the near post, and Salcido hits a neat half volley that bounces in the far post. 1-0 to the visitors
 
42′
Another giveaway from Costa Rica, which has been very sloppy. Corner for El Tri
 
37′
Jimenez has to come on for Meza
 
36′
Substitution S. Meza I. Jiménez
 
34′
Meza fouled and the Mexico right back is still down. Trainers looking at him now
 
31′
MISS! Peralta heads a cross down to Chicharito, but the Manchester United striker's volley flies well over from 10 yards out
 
30′
Aquino getting quite a bit of room on the right flank, but hasn't managed to deliver a killer ball in yet
 
25′
Campbell sent through and Moreno slips, but the striker's shot is right at Corona for an easy save
 
23′
Costa Rica having some issues keeping the ball in the middle of the pitch, with Mexico taking advantage.
 
20′
Mexico showing some attacking prowess here, Guardado get a cross blocked out for a corner
 
15′
Yellow Card M. Umaña
 
10′
SHOT! Just wide! And Corona is lucky that one went away.
 
9′
Joel Campbell steals one in midfield! The Betis striker had beaten his man but had no one accompanying him, so Mexico's back line could catch up and dispossess him.
 
7′
Good cross trying to locate Chicharito in the box, but Keylor Navas is wise to it and the Levante goalkeeper comes out guns blazing to take the ball from the Manchester United attacker.
 
6′
Oribe Peralta has been struck with a headbutt following a disputed ball up front.
 
4′
Nervousness in the back from El Tri, Moreno close to losing a ball in dangerous position.
 
3′
Just the 18th cap for tonight's starting Mexican GK, Jose de Jesus Corona.
 
2′
Officially, the shot comes after 24 seconds for Costa Rica.
 
2′
First shot of the match from Costa Rica! That bullet goes wide from Corona's net.
 
1′
Quick bursts of pressure from Costa Rica from the opening, Pinto trying to get his men to possess the ball and push with speed.
 
1′
And we're underway at the Estadio Nacional!
 
 
Fans at the Estadio Nacional have just been told that Jamaica is holding a 2-1 lead over the United States. A collective roar came over the fans already in attendance.
 
 
So no Bryan Ruiz for Costa Rica tonight, the Fulham attacker is out with a preexisting injury that just would not clear in time.
 
 
Costa Rica will start the following 11: Navas; Acosta, González, Umaña, Salvatierra; Oviedo, Cubero, Barantes, Bolaños; Campbell and Saborío
 
 
El Tri will come out with a 4-4-2, styled with two strictly defensive midfielders in Zavala and Salcido, with Guardado and Aquino as wingers. Peralta will play slightly behind Hernandez.
 
 
Mexico's starting lineup: Corona; Meza; Rodríguez; Moreno; Torres Nilo; Salcido; Zavala; Aquino; Guardado; Peralta and Hernández.
 
 
From the Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica... Mexico will face Los Ticos in search of a hexagonal spot in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
 
 
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