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With the World Cup qualifying match against Mexico fast approaching, former Costa Rica national team player Hernan Medford recognized that gaining points from the region's giant is the Central American nation's top priority.
"We're obligated to win," said Medford to Record. "Numerically speaking, if we win at home, we have a chance [to make the next round]. We still have to go to El Salvador, so we can't depend on getting points in Mexico. This first game at home is what can give us our qualification," he continued.
The 44-year-old is no stranger to facing Mexico, as he was part of the historic squad that beat El Tri at the Estadio Azteca 11 years ago during the 2002 World Cup qualifiers. It remains the first and only loss that Mexico has suffered at the fabled stadium during a qualifying run.
This time around, Medford believes the game at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose is the Ticos' best chance too add points to their tally.
"The [Costa Rican players] have to believe in themselves, it's not easy, the bigger options are in Costa Rica than in Mexico. Those three points must be won to get us closer, they are vital," the former Serie A and La Liga player noted.
Los Ticos have not been able to hold home-field advantage over El Tri in recent times, with losses in the last two World Cup qualifying rounds dating back to 2005.
"Costa Rica needs to have a perfect game," Medford admitted. "Mexico is not afraid of anything, they can play anywhere and they'll do it the same way. Let's be honest, the fight here is with El Salvador, not with Mexico."
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