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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Jorge Luis Pinto and his Costa Rica players will attempt to break a near two-decade winless streak against Mexico at home this Friday.
The three points would go a long way for Los Ticos, who have already drawn at the Estadio Nacional when El Salvador was able to hold them to a draw. Winning at home against Mexico would put further pressure on the Salvadorians, who currently sit third in the group after losing to El Tri at the Estadio Cuscatlan.
Despite the prolonged drought, Pinto was quick to point out that Costa Rica is not feeling overshadowed ahead of Friday's game.
"I didn't shake with the earthquake, Mexico won't make me shake either," Pinto responded angrily to a question asking whether the prospect of facing El Tri made his team nervous. "I want us to be seen respectfully and that was a very disrespectful question," he continued.
Pinto is currently undergoing his second stint as Costa Rica manager, as he first took the job on in 2004. Later, he was hired to be Colombia's national team manager in 2007 before vacating the post a year later.
Juan Ramon Miranda contributed reporting to this article from San Jose, Costa Rica.
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