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WC Qualification CONCACAF
June 11, 2013
• 8:00 PM
• Estadio Azteca, Ciudad de México (D.F.)
Referee: M. Geiger
• Attendance: 65753
That will do it for us tonight. Check back on Goal for player ratings and more reaction from a 0-0 draw at Azteca between Costa Rica and Mexico. Good night everyone!
Mexico goes to 1-0-5 in the Hex, and the pressure rises on Chepo de la Torre. Costa Rica happily will take the scoreless draw.
And there's the final whistle!! Another scoreless draw for Mexico at Azteca. Unbelievable.
Flores tries a desperate shot form distance but it gets blocked with ease and Costa Rica moves the other way. That has to do it.
Last chance for Mexico as Corona boots one deep...
Navas does the smart thing letting a header by Jimenez roll by him and his post, killing more time as he sets up for a goal kick. 90 seconds to go.
Azteca fans cheering "FUERA CHEPO," calling for their manager's head. It's a Mexico nightmare right now.
Guardado wins another Mexico corner off a cross but it's headed out with ease, and Salcido's follow up is meek and easily collected by Navas.
SEVEN MINUTES of stoppage time have been added on. Not over yet.
Last-gasp time for Mexico, which is taking off for the Confederations Cup In Brazil as soon as this is over and has a date with Italy on Sunday. Life not easy for El Tri right now.
Gamboa sends a deep cross in headed for Saborio but it's out of play. Either way, Costa Rica was just able to kill off about a minute with some rare possession. A tense finish is in the offing.
Real Salt Lake's Alvaro Saborio replaces Campbell, who did extremely well with his limited chances tonight.
JUST WIDE!!! Flores' redirect was JUST out of Chicharito's reach by the far post and goes out for a goal kick! There was the chance.
Aquino wins a foul in a dangerous position for Mexico, deep in Costa Rica territory on the right side of the box. BIG chance to grab a winner.
HUGE sliding challenge by Gamboa to prevent Chicharito from getting a shot off in the box!! Great pass by Jimenez to set up the Man Utd striker, but his first touch was a bit heavy and allowed Gamboa to recover.
Corona deals with Ruiz's corner and Mexico takes over on possession.
When play resumes, Costa Rica will have a corner kick.
More objects coming from the ground as game has come to a halt. This is embarrassing and certainly doesn't help the home team.
El Tri fans are getting restless, throwing projectiles from the stands. Looks like Ruiz was just hit in the head. No place in the game for that. Pitiful.
CUNNINGHAM wins a corner, but what was he doing in the box!!? Had Maza on his back foot tracking back toward goal but refused to take a hit with his left foot to either cross or shoot when he had the chance.
Michael Barrantes Rojas
Giovani dos Santos
Dos Santos whistled for offside for his first action. Clearly full step off. Mexico reaching desperation mode.
And here comes Gio. Chepo going for it now, as Herrera comes out.
CORONA COMPLETELY MISPLAYS IT!! The hero came WAY off his line and almost saw the ball get deflected into his vacant net, but fortunately for him it went sidenetting and led to a fruitless corner kick. Wow.
Yellow Card H. Herrera
Cunningham's pace gives Herrera problems, forcing him to foul and see yellow. Set piece chance for Costa Rica.
Wow, looked like Mexico got away with a couple of handballs at the top of the area as Chicharito and Jimenez looked to combine, but either way nothing dangerous came as a result. The second wave of attack leads to a corner, but Navas comes down with the header on frame.
Bolanos exits for Kenny Cunningham as Costa Rica's first susbtitution.
MAZA HEADS HIGH!! Better service from Guardado, but the center back could not keep his header down.
Aquino wins Mexico's seventh corner with his first involvement. Guardado to take.
Pablo Barrera jeered as he exits the field for Javier Aquino. Like for like substitution on the right. That lineup change did not work like Chepo was hoping.
Costa Rica with its first real semblance of possession in the second half as Ruiz holds up the ball to allow Los Ticos to pass around a bit, but the attack stalls.
240 scoreless minutes at Azteca for Mexico now as the search for answers continues. Mexico's direct play is too predictable right now, and barring Costa Rica coming through against the run of play, another 0-0 draw appears in the cards.
Ruiz doing some hard work tracking back to defend to try and clear the ball from his own end. Ruiz has only had one real opportunity in the final third, but he has impacted this match in other ways, with Costa Rica continuing to commit numbers back
A. De Nigris
First substitution for Mexico as Raul Jimenez comes on for De Nigris. Chepo had to do something, and De Nigris wasn't getting it done tonight. Big opportunity for Jimenez to prove his worth on a big stage.
End to end action now as Salcido received a layoff pass from De Nigris and was robbed by an agile save.
SAVE NAVAS!!! PUSHES SALCIDO'S EFFORT JUST WIDE!!
CAMPBELL hooks a shot wide as Moreno pushes him from behind. No foul called, and Campbell is livid. Nice footwork to get free for the left-footed effort.
Another perfect example of Mexico just being totally off. Chicharito turns after receiving the ball and had De Nigris close to his right and Barrera streaking into space. Had the pass come earlier, De Nigris would have been onside. Instead, he waited and De Nigris couldn't hold his run. Had De Nigris let it go through, Barrera would have been onside and in on goal.
Nope. Ruiz comes through with the clearance despite solid service to a dangerous area off the set piece.
Umana stuffs Barrera with a sliding challenge, but puts the ball out for a corner. Can Mexico take advantage?
NAVAS comes through with a clean leaping grab to snare another cross from the left. Mexico pushing the issue, but again, nothing all too troubling.
Salcido plays Guardado down the left flank, but his cross for Chicharito gets headed out for a throw
A little bit more one-touch passing and crispness in the midfield allows Chicharito to get a shot off from the edge of the area in space, but it is hit right at Navas on the ground and is no trouble for Los Ticos' goalkeeper
Mexico with the early possession off the restart, and De Nigris gets a chance to head across the box, but it lofts into space for Navas to collect.
And the second half is underway. No changes for either side.
Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Honduras leads Jamaica 1-0 early through a goal by Houston Dynamo's Oscar Boniek Garcia, assisted by Roger Espinoza. A Jamaica loss would just about bury the Reggae Boyz, and a Honduras win would put Los Catrachos in the mix atop the Hex standings with seven points.
As for Costa Rica, manager Jorge Luis Pinto has nothing to be upset about. His side had the three best chances of the half, two through Joel Campbell and one through Bryan Ruiz. His defense is staying compact and Keilor Navas has not been hesitant in goal.
What does Chepo do to change his team's fortunes? Between the likes of Gio Dos Santos, Angel Reyna, Javier Aquino and Raul Jimenez he has options on the bench to turn to.
And there's the halftime whistle as Guardado gets called for a foul after a confrontation with Gamboa in the left corner. Fans at Azteca NOT pleased, as Mexico plays to a fifth consecutive 0-0 half at home in the Hex.
And that's when you know things are really pressing. Chicharito opts for a low shot from long distance with Mexico in a 3-v-3 off a turnover, and hits it without pace and off target.
Another chance in the final third for Mexico is rather predictable, with crosses through the area being inaccurate, and the one on point from De Nigris being caught by Navas with ease. El Tri really pushing for a go-ahead goal before halftime but doesn't seem to have the right plan of attack.
RUIZ FIRES HIGH!!! An awful clearance by Moreno bounced RIGHT to him outside the area, and the Fulham man laced his shot over the bar. Wow. That's THREE major chances for the visitors.
Sloppy from Mexico by the midfield line as the hosts concede valuable possession with the half expiring. Five minutes and change to go until the break.
Mexico again looking susceptible in the back and it's Campbell doing the honors for a second time, getting onto Bolanos' layoff pass and forcing Corona into the difficult save. Where would Mexico be without the heroics of Corona?
SAVE CORONA!!!! ROBS CAMPBELL WITH A DIVE TO HIS RIGHT!!
Just very little in the way of enterprise when Mexico is on the ball, and when Mexico's wingers have gotten in behind the defense, they've either been offside or the balls haven't been accurate enough, as evidenced by the last one intended for Barrera down the right.
Costa Rica enjoying some possession in the Mexico half to take more air out of the Mexico sails. If this goes to halftime scoreless (or if Costa Rica finds a goal), that is going to be one tense halftime locker room for the men wearing green.
Yellow Card Javier Hernández
Tempers start to heat up as Umana takes a tumble in the box on a Mexico corner kick and it results in Chicharito seeing yellow. That was a complete flop by Umana. Don't expect to see that call go against Chicharito at home. Geiger either didn't receive help from his assistants, or he was going off the Umana reaction.
We've hit the half-hour mark and it remains scoreless, somthing that Costa Rica will happily accept and something that Mexico is feeling the heat to correct. Make that 210 scoreless minutes at Azteca for Mexico and counting...
The lack of another runner coming into the box hurts Mexico, as Chicharito cuts a ball back from the left into space at the top of the box, but nobody is there to meet it. Herrera looked closest to the area where the pass was hit.
Barrantes fires off the wall and Corona gathers the second ball with ease as Mexico catches a break. A great way for Mexico to have an advantage going forward is by Corona distributing accurately and quickly when Costa Rica is committing more forward than usual. His long kick was ineffective in that regard.
Moreno fouls Campbell in a dangerous position and now Costa Rica has a chance to score off a dead ball play. Last thing Mexico wants to do is concede these kinds of fouls.
SALCIDO fires wide with his right-footed effort. Bent it over the wall but put it to the left of the post by plenty. Not productive.
Yellow Card Cristian Gamboa
Gamboa fouls Guardado 23 yards from goal and sees yellow, preventing Guardado from latching onto Flores' ball over the top. Looked like Gamboa tripped into pushing Guardado, but he concedes a DANGEROUS free kick opportunity for El Tri.
Between the 2 games at Azteca in the Hex, Mexico has now totalled 0 goals in 200 minutes and counting. Just an astounding statistic.
MAZA!! Knew nothing about it as a ball glanced off his thigh from the center of the area, and Navas collects it with ease.
BARRERA pushes forward down the right after receiving the ball from Chicharito, but a sliding challenge blocks the pass back to De Nigris. Chicharito was wide open for the layoff. Missed opportunity for Mexico.
Campbell carries deep into the Mexico corner and tries to cut back on Moreno, but the Espanyol man bumps him off the ball, with Campbell looking for a foul that never gets called.
DE NIGRIS fires right at Navas from inside the area! First attempt on target for El Tri, as the new Chivas signing turned and fired with his left foot.
Maza breaks up a pass from Bolanos for Campbell, helping Mexico reclaim possession and move toward the Costa Rica end. So for, los Ticos have to be quite pleased with how this is unfolding. Proven tough to break down.
Wow Bolanos takes a tumble just outside of the Mexico box after a tackle from behind that looked to be a SURE foul. Mark Geiger let it go. Interesting decision.
Not the opening 12 minutes that Mexico would have hoped for, with Costa Rica generating the best chance so far and looking the most dangerous even though it has seen less of the ball. The longer this stays scoreless, the more the pressure increases on El Tri to perform in front of its anxious fans.
Costa Rica with some rare possession, but Flores comes through with a major sliding challenge to take the ball off Campbell at the top of the box. Maza was beaten again, but Flores did well to pinch in from out wide.
NAVAS comes up big to prevent De Nigris' cross from getting to Chicharito!! Second diving stop as Navas looks confident on his line with pressure coming his way.
Guardado forces the action down the left flank and wins a throw-in deep in Costa Rica territory.
Maza Rodriguez looked like he was running in quicksand compared to the speedy Campbell, who can provide a moment of brilliance along with forward partner Bryan Ruiz. Neither should be taken lightly on the counter.
WOW. With Mexico pushed forward and a turnover at midfield, Campbell broke free down the left and beat Corona but his shot nicked off the far post. What an early chance against the run of play.
JOEL CAMPBELL OFF THE POST!!!
Chicharito whistled for offside, as Mexico continues to see all the ball early, with Costa Rica daring El Tri to break them down.
You know Costa Rica came to Azteca to defend, which is why Chepo made the changes he did. Ticos with nine behind the ball early, and Navas comes out to gather a cross with a dive.
And we are underway!
As for Mexico, El Tri is undefeated in this round but has underwhelmed at 1-0-4. Costa Rica is the only team to defeat Mexico in qualifying at Azteca in history, doing so in 2001.
Costa Rica has had a sneakily effective run through the Hex so far. The lone loss was the snow game against the USA, and even then that was just a 1-0 result. Aside from that, a draw at Panama and home wins over Jamaica and Honduras. Essentially, taking care of business no matter how not overwhelming it has been.
Tonight's referee is Mark Geiger, an experienced MLS ref who is not shy at pointing to the spot. Keep an eye on that tonight.
This game will start about 10 minutes later than planned, with Costa Rica arriving to the stadium late. Los Ticos are coming off a big 1-0 victory over Honduras, with New York Red Bulls left back Roy Miller scoring the lone goal. Mexico struggled to a 0-0 draw at Panama, and the pressure is on El Tri to enforce itself early and often tonight.
Here is Costa Rica's lineup:GK - Keilor Navas DEF - Michael Umana, Junior Diaz, Cristian Gamboa, Geancarlo Gonzalez MID - Johnny Acosta, Michael Barrantes, Cristian Bolanos, Yeltsin Tejeda F - Joel Campbell, Bryan Ruiz
Giovani Dos Santos has been dropped to the bench, as Chepo de la Torre looks to find a spark for his attack, which has scored 0 goals in two qualifiers in this round at home. Barrera is back on the right wing, Herrera replaces veteran Gerardo Torrado and Flores comes in at right back.
First for host Mexico: GK - Jesus Corona DEF - Gerardo Flores, Maza Rodriguez, Hector Moreno, Carlos Salcido MF - Pablo Barrera, Hector Herrera, Jesus Zavala, Andres Guardado F - Aldo de Nigris, Javier Hernandez
Costa Rica and Mexico each enter this game with seven points, tied for most in CONCACAF along with the USA. Only thing is, Mexico has played one more match than both of the other nations and is in dire need of breaking an unusual scoring slump at the Azteca. Here are the lineups for tonight's match:
Good evening everybody and welcome to Goal's live commentary for tonight's World Cup qualifying match between Mexico and Costa Rica taking place at Estadio Azteca
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