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September 11, 2012
• 9:00 PM
• Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México (D.F.)
Referee: C. Campbell
• Attendance: 44007
Javier Hernández 61'
Keep it here on Goal.com as we'll have all the post-game analysis, quotes and reactions. Good night!
90' + 3'
It's over! Courtney Campbell calls a halt after 93 minutes. Mexico wins it 1-0 and El Tri has qualified for the final hexagonal round.
90' + 2'
Long throw-in for Costa Rica is cleared by Torrado. Then, an off-side is called on Los Ticos.
90' + 1'
Two more minutes.
Into injury time now. No notice yet as to how many minutes it will be.
Zavala also went down but both players have now recovered from their knocks.
Yellow Card C. Salcido
Foul on Jose de Jesus Corona after the goalkeeper comes on to punch a free kick away.
The game has devolved into Mexico waiting to counterattack on Costa Rica's errant possessions.
Marco Fabian! His shot is blocked at the edge of the box while Chicharito angrily looks on.
Big foul on Javier Hernandez up front and Mexico takes it quickly. No danger on the restart.
Andres Guardado combines with Marco Fabian on a 1-2 and the Chivas midfielder fires into Navas who scoops it up.
Mexico's new look is that of 4-3-2-1.
Gerardo Torrado will make his return to the pitch for Mexico after a long layoff. He'll come in for Oribe Peralta.
Mexico has all eleven players on its own side of the pitch. Full defensive mode.
Corner kick for Costa Rica. Bolaños to take.
Marco Fabian with a great defensive slide to avoid a dangerous pass filtering into the middle of the box.
Costa Rica looks to have a hold on possession these last 15 minutes per the shift in Mexico's tactics. The crowd is not liking this and they make their feelings known.
Last sub coming on for Costa Rica. Celso Borges coming in.
Costa Rica really pushing forward now to try and draw level.
Ball is not well possessed by either team and there's another corner kick for Los Ticos now.
Corner kick for Costa Rica. Bolaños takes it.
Elias Hernandez tries to link up with Severo Meza, but he loses the ball on the right side.
Navas plucks one off Oribe Peralta's foot, after the striker had received a good pass from Andres Guardado off the left wing.
Chicharito has scored his 26th goal with the Mexican national team. At 24 years of age, he's well in time to equal the all-time mark of 46 held by Jared Borgetti.
Corona comes flying out to punch a cross that was about to see Bolaños receive with no defender around him. Heads up play by the Mexican goalkeeper.
The corner kick is swung in by Bolaños and the ball is punched out by Corona.
Corona jumps up and tries to take a cross off Saborio's head, but the striker slams into the goalkeeper and the Cruz Azul man drops the ball. Defense clears for a corner.
Yellow Card G. Badilla
Guardado shoots and the ball goes over Navas' goal.
Guardado to take the free kick.
Badilla and Chicharito had been chirping at each other following the goal.
Yellow Card G. González
Yellow card after Gonzalez after Chicharito goes down following a hard foul.
Jorge Emmanuel Torres
Foul and free kick for Mexico. Salcido slams it into the wall.
Assist Jorge Emmanuel Torres
Goal Javier Hernández
Jorge Torres Nilo bangs in a great cross from the left side, but Keylor Navas can't reach the ball. Hernandez sneaks into the right post and heads it into an empty net. 1-0 to Mexico.
CHICHARITO! GOAL! MEXICO HAS BROKEN THE DEADLOCK!
Chepo de la Torre instructing Marco Fabian now on the bench.
That's all for Joel Campbell. On comes Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio.
Joel Campbell is caught offside, nullifying a long pass that threatened to open up space in the front.
CHICHARITO! That was close for Mexico. Great pass from Zavala and Hernandez fakes left, goes right, but Navas comes out and bangs into the player and the ball to grab possession.
Mexico moving the ball along midfield now with ease. Costa Rica chasing, but there's no real danger coming from possession.
Great defensive job on Aquino in the second half. Clearly that was part of the halftime talk for Costa Rica.
Hector Moreno tries a bicycle kick on a corner, but his effort is off the mark.
Corner kick for Mexico after Zavala struggles to possess in Costa Rica's penalty box.
Navas has been Costa Rica's best player so far, and he's kept out two great ones.
Spectacular one-handed save from Navas who pushes back into play. Zavala is able to get the ball back, passes back to Maza Rodriguez who clips it over the bar.
Free kick for Guardado, it's a great one! Zavala! WHAT A SAVE BY NAVAS!
Game has a much more fluid rhythm in the second half as both teams are looking to play possession a bit more. Aquino trying to get to a ball on the right side and he is steamrolled by Leal for a second time.
Chicharito and Peralta combine on a nice one-two, with the Santos Laguna filtering through to Torres Nilo. The Tigres wing back fires high and wide.
No changes for either team going into the second half.
Costa Rica trying to start fast once more but Salcido takes a good stab at the ball, steals it and then clears it back to Keylor Navas.
The second half is underway!
Teams coming back onto the field now for the second half.
That does it! First half is over at the Estadio Azteca, with a score of Mexico 0-0 Costa Rica.
Guardado takes on the left side and centers into Peralta, who turns around and swings at the ball. The shot is blocked and Courtney Campbell ends it after 45 minutes and 30 seconds.
Into injury time now.
Long pass from Guardado to Peralta who takes the shot directly on the right side. His volley goes way wide, though.
Now Costa Rica replies, but Zavala takes the ball off an attacker's foot. Later, the Monterrey midfielder is hit hard by a sliding tackle. No foul.
The game has come alive in the last few minutes with Mexico's two solid efforts.
ANDRES GUARDADO! The Valencia winger takes a 70-yard shot when he notices that Navas is off his line, and the ball JUST goes over the bar. Navas' hand strikes the bar and now he is down with an injury.
MORENO! CANNONS IT OFF THE BAR! The Espanyol defender connects cleanly with the corner and the ball beats Navas but can't curl under the bar.
Corner kick for Mexico.
Replay shows that should have been a foul.
Chicharito finds one in space! The Manchester United striker can't control the ball well and two Costa Rican defenders sandwich him in. No foul called despite the loud protests.
Foul on Chicharito after Hernandez slams into Salvatierra.
Free kick for Costa Rica. Cross comes in and Corona goes past the ball! Fortunately, Jesus Zavala has headed the ball out, but that was too dangerous for Mexico, as the Cruz Azul goalkeeper lost track of the cross.
Long balls being played in almost exclusively by Mexico. The central defenders Rodriguez and Moreno have been responsible for two of the last good, long passes in the past few minutes.
Rigid 4-4-2 by Chepo could shift to a 4-2-3-1 in the second half, as has been the norm.
Throw-in for Costa Rica, and boos rain down from the crowd as the ref allows the throw-in to be taken a second time. Fans allege that it should have been deemed a turnover.
Guardado takes a long pass from Maza and tries to cross in for Peralta. The ball is too high and too soft, so Navas comes out and plucks it out of the air.
Game getting quite physical now, as another foul against Mexico has been called in their own side of the pitch.
Again, Aquino on the right side chases down a long pass but his cross comes only after the ball abandoned the pitch. Goal kick.
Right side yielding results now for Mexico. Javier Aquino is looking good against Leal, so Pinto has shifted a central defender over to help.
Navas punches the ball away from Jesus Zavala. Huge contact into the midfielder's back, but there's no foul called as Navas dove into the ball.
Javier Aquino breaks off a good run on the right side and is brought down by Leal. Dangerous free kick for Mexico.
Long free kick taken directly by Costa Rica. No trouble for Jose de Jesus Corona.
Costa Rica's great pressure in the middle of the field is forcing some bad passes from Mexican midfielders. Both central mids today are defensive-minded. Don't be surprised if there's a switch in the second half if things stay the same.
Campbell has been overpowering Torres Nilo on the right side of the pitch, so much so that De La Torre has shifted Hector Moreno to that side when possible.
Cross curled in by Guardado but there's no danger there as Tejeda clears. Mexico is handling a bit more of the ball now, but there's no space up front for Peralta and Hernandez.
Some boos and whistles raining down on Mexico as Costa Rica has overwhelmed them in the possession game so far. Campbell takes a good pass on the right side and fires in a wild cross that goes out into a goal kick.
Gonzalez has fouled Meza on the right side and is warned by the referee.
Jorge Torres Nilo finds some space on the left side and connects with Andres Guardado. The end result is a throw-in, and Guardado takes a left footed shot outside of the penalty box that goes way wide.
Foul called on Mexico after a tussle between Aquino and a Costa Rican defender.
Mexico has had less possession at the Estadio Azteca through 17 minutes than was the case in San Jose.
Guardado strikes it in on a floated cross, but there's an offensive foul called on Meza.
Foul against Costa Rica. Long free kick, Andres Guardado to take it from about 40 yards out.
Corner kick for Costa RIca as Jorge Torres Nilo slides in and avoids a dangerous cross. Campbell to take it.
That Peralta header was Mexico's first official shot on goal in the match.
Long cross from Severo Meza and Oribe Peralta connects with a header in the box, but his effort goes wide.
Salcido takes a shot from outside the box, it clangs off a defender and it's a throw-in for Andres Guardado.
First corner kick for Mexico tonight. Both goals came off corners in San Jose.
Long pass from Carlos Salcido to Severo Meza on the right side, it was a good thought, but the ball goes past the Monterrey wing back and out into touch.
A bright green laser is being pointed at Keylor Navas, the Costa Rica goalkeeper. On the Costa Rica sideline, Jorge Luis Pinto is lobbying for intervention from the fourth official.
Chicharito is called for a foul after pushing goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the box. The Spanish-based netminder was able to pull the ball out of the reach of the Manchester United striker.
Brenes steals it from Salcido and dishes to Campbell on the break. The Real Betis striker was waited on by Francisco Rodriguez, who strips him of the ball in the box.
Peralta is hit hard in midfield but the ref allows for an advantage. That could be a yellow card when it's all said and done. The ball goes out for a Mexico throw-in.
Goal kick for Costa Rica after a quick Mexican attack goes awry. Costa Rica pressuring the ball in all sectors of the pitch.
Chicharito clears the corner kick and the moment of danger has passed.
Corner kick for Costa Rica.
Great run from Brenes, who forces Torres Nilo to clear out for a Costa Rica throw-in.
Local press estimate that close to 5,000 Costa Ricans made the trip to the Estadio Azteca. Sizable group of visiting fans.
Costa Rica coming out with energy, they've forced a couple of early turnovers from Mexico, but the home side has recovered well enough to recoup possession.
The game is underway at the Estadio Azteca. Mexico in its usual green shirt, white shorts and red socks. Costa Rica in a red shirt, blue shorts and white socks.
Jose Manuel de la Torre and Luis Fernando Tena trade strategy notes on the Mexican bench in the last few moments before the match starts.
Pretty weak attendance at the Estadio Azteca so far, but the stadium usually fills in as the first minutes run by.
The national anthems for both countries have blared from the speakers of the Estadio Azteca. Teams shake hands.
Mexico's starting lineup is exactly the same as four days ago. Costa Rica makes minor changes to its lineup, and still are without the benefit of playmaker Bryan Ruiz.
Jose Manuel de la Torre counters with: Corona; Rodríguez, Moreno, Meza, Torres Nilo; Salcido, Aquino, Zavala, Guardado; Hernández, Peralta.
Jorge Luis Pinto trots out the following starting lineup: Navas; Salvatierra, Badilla, Acosta, Leal; Tejeda, Bolaños, Cubero; Campbell, Brenes, González.
Costa Rica visits the Estadio Azteca in search of a huge result, with shades of the infamous 'Aztecazo' still lingering in the memory. With El Salvador and Guyana fighting it out in South America, Costa Rica needs at least a point to stay in the crucial second spot of the group.
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