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WC Qualification CONCACAF

  • September 7, 2012
  • • 10:00 PM
  • • Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San José
  • Referee: R. Moreno
  • • Attendance: 32500

Live Commentary

  • 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 G. González
  • 84'
    SubstitutionJ. Aquino H. 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 J. Cubero
  • 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'
    SubstitutionJavier 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'
    SubstitutionJ. 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'
    SubstitutionM. 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 A. 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'
    SubstitutionMichael 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'
    SubstitutionS. 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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