• Tuesday Sep 05, 2017

    WCQ Game Guide: Costa Rica v Mexico

    Mexico’s Jonathan dos Santos (#8) and Bryan Ruiz of visiting Costa Rica battle for the ball during a World Cup qualifier on March 24, 2017, in Mexico City. (Photo: Mexsport)

    CONCACAF Qualifying -- Final Round, Matchday 8

    Date: September 5, 2017
    Match: Costa Rica v Mexico
    Venue: Estadio Nacional – San Jose, Costa Rica
    Time: 8:05 p.m. ET 

    R: Mark Geiger (USA)
    AR1: Joe Fletcher (Canada)
    AR2: Charles Morgante (USA)
    4th: Armando Villarreal (USA)

    Costa Rica: tba
    Mexico: tba 

    Mexico leads: 11W-6D-4L (31GF, 13GA)

    March 24, 2017: Mexico 2, Costa Rica 0
    Javier Hernandez 8’; Nestor Araujo 45’

    Costa Rica: WWDDL
    Mexico: WDWWW 


    Costa Rica (Overall record: 9W-3D-1L … 22GF, 7GA)
    13.11.15 Costa Rica v Haiti 1-0 W
    17.11.15 Panama v Costa Rica 1-2 W
    25.03.16 Jamaica v Costa Rica 1-1 D
    29.03.16 Costa Rica v Jamaica 3-0 W
    02.09.16 Haiti v Costa Rica 0-1 W
    06.09.16 Costa Rica v Panama 3-1 W
    11.11.16 Trinidad & Tobago v Costa Rica 0-2 W
    15.11.16 Costa Rica v USA 4-0 W
    24.03.17 Mexico v Costa Rica 2-0 L
    28.03.17 Honduras v Costa Rica 1-1 D
    08.06.17 Costa Rica v Panama 0-0 D
    13.06.17 Costa Rica v Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 W
    01.09.17 USA v Costa Rica 0-2 W 

    Mexico (Overall record: 9W-3D-0L … 22GF, 3GA)
    13.11.15 Mexico v El Salvador 3-0 W
    17.11.15 Honduras v Mexico 0-2 W
    25.03.16 Canada v Mexico 0-3 W
    29.03.16 Mexico v Canada 2-0 W
    02.09.16 El Salvador v Mexico 1-3 W
    06.09.16 Mexico v Honduras 0-0 D
    11.11.16 USA v Mexico 1-2 W
    15.11.16 Panama v Mexico 0-0 D
    24.03.17 Mexico v Costa Rica 2-0 W
    28.03.17 Trinidad & Tobago v Mexico 0-1 W
    08.06.17 Mexico v Honduras 3-0 W
    11.06.17 Mexico v USA 1-1 D
    01.09.17 Mexico v Panama 1-0 W 


    Costa Rica: Christian Bolaños (4); Bryan Ruiz, Marco Ureña (3); Joel Campbell, Ronald Matarrita, Johan Venegas (2); Johnny Acosta, Randall Azofeifa, Celso Borges, Francisco Calvo, Cristian Gamboa, Kendall Waston (1) 

    Mexico: Jesus Corona, Hirving Lozano (3); Andres Guardado, Javier Hernandez, Raul Jimenez, Carlos Vela (2); Oswaldo Alanis, Nestor Araujo, Jurgen Damm, Hector Herrera, Miguel Layun, Rafael Marquez, Hector Moreno, Diego Reyes, Angel Sepulveda (1)  


    Costa Rica (Hexagonal: 2nd place … 4W-2D-1L; 11GF, 4GA)
    - Qualifies for 2018 FIFA World Cup with win v Mexico
    - Conceded one goal or fewer in 12 of 13 WCQs
    - On September 1, 2017, defeated USA (2-0) on American soil for first time in 32 years
    - One of three teams to reach all previous five Hexagonal editions (Mexico and USA are the others)
    - Completed Hexagonal play in first place once (2002)
    - Qualified for four FIFA World Cups (1990, 2002, 2006, 2014), advancing as far as the quarterfinals in 2014, before falling to the Netherlands on penalty kicks (4-3), after a scoreless draw 

    Mexico (Hexagonal: 1st place … 5W-2D-0L; 10GF, 2GA)
    - Qualified for 2018 FIFA World Cup with 1-0 home win v Panama on September 1, 2017 … will be making seventh straight appearance in competition and 16th overall
    - Completed Hexagonal play in first place once (1998)
    - Holds record for most Hexagonal goals scored (96)
    - Never won more than seven games in a single Hexagonal (2006)
    - Fifteen different players have scored Mexico’s 23 goals during 2018 WCQ
    - Shares record with Costa Rica for most goals scored in a single Hexagonal (both scored 23 in 1998)

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