Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Costa Rica 0 - Mexico 0

Mexico City and the frustrated fans of Mexico were hoping to finally see a goal at home in the CONCACAF Fourth Round, having witnesses two scoreless ties previously at Estadio Azteca.  Costa Rica would not mind stealing a point or three on the road.  The Ticos nearly snatched an opener after four minutes, but Joel Campbell could only direct his shot onto the far post, allowing the crowd to breath a sigh of relief.  With ten minutes left in the half, Cristian BolaƱos knocked down a Brian Ruiz pass with his back to goal, setting Campbell up for a shot.  Mexico goalkeeper Jose Corona made a nice save and continues to be the only reason Mexico are in qualifying position for Brasil 2014.  The first half ended scoreless.

It would take until the second half for Mexico to register their first decent chance.  Carlos Salcido had come up to support in attack, and he stroked a laser toward the upper ninety, but a flying fist from Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas provided the save.  Mexico centerback Francisco Rodriguez made a long-distance recovery run to slide tackle the ball away from Kenny Cunningham with a three-on-three opportunity about to come to fruition.  The match ends 0-0, the third straight scoreless draw at home for Mexico.

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