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Mexico’s chances of getting a result in Costa Rica? History says: pretty good

Oct 14, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT


While the United States plays out its World Cup qualifier string with all the drama of Sunday pancake breakfast, the night in CONCACAF qualifying will be packed with floodlit theater surrounding Mexico’s match in Costa Rica.

The simplest scenario here is this: with a draw, Mexico will finish fourth in the six-team group at worst, and that’s good enough for the playoff series against New Zealand.

Honduras needs just a draw at (already eliminated) Jamaica to finish third and clinch its second consecutive World Cup berth. But if Honduras loses in Kingston, Mexico could vault past Los Catrachos by winning and overturning a small goal difference. All the World Cup scenarios are explained by FIFA just a little more in depth here.

So, again, bottom line for sudden hero Raul Jimenez (pictured) and suddenly re-energized El Tri, get at least a tie and keep the party going. What are the chances of such a thing? History suggest, pretty good.

Mexico is 4-0-1 against Costa Rica over the last three qualifying cycles. The only draw in that time was Mexico’s scoreless outing with the Ticos back in June, one of three scoreless draws this round at Azteca Stadium.

Costa Rica did have a famous win over the Mexicans at fabled Azteca, back in qualifying for the 2002 World Cup.

But Mexico’s history in Costa Rica has been nothing short of stellar recently. The teams played to a scoreless draw in 2001 during final round qualifying there. Mexico prevailed (2-1) in the CONCACAF final round meeting at Estadio Saprissa ahead of World Cup 2006. And it was Mexico in a romp four years later in the same stage, hammering a 3-0 bruise on the Ticos at Saprissa ahead of World Cup 2010.

One thing to note: those were at Saprissa, as noted. This one is at San Jose’s new Estadio Nacional.

  1. hildezero - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Mexico does have a pretty good chance against Costa Rica, but then you have to remember about that draw against them at their own home. If Mexico can’t beat Costa Rica in their own home at Azteca, then why even imagine they can beat them in Costa Rica. Especially when they already have beaten the US there.

    • braxtonrob - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      They (Mexico) don’t need to beat them (Costa Rica), they just need a “result”, a draw.

  2. bishopofblunder - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    I like Mexico’s chances here. With no chance to win the Hex, Costa Rica really have nothing to play for here, while Mexico is desperate for the points. I see a Mexico win here, though not an “easy” one.

    • braxtonrob - Oct 15, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      @bishop, I see your logic, but disagree because I’m guessing Costa Rica’s (collective) mouth is watering at the possibility of knocking out a CONCACAF giant, Mexico.

      They would LOVE to say they beat the U.S. AND Mexico in this hexagonal.

      Not only do I think Mexico won’t win this road game, I think they will struggle mightily to get the draw (which they might, but I’m not about to bet on it.)

      My prediction (if forced to make one) is MILLIONS of Mexican fans will tune into the Panama v. USA game late in the 2nd half, because THAT is the game that is more likely to determine Mexico’s fate.

      [They’re; I’m officially on record with a game prediction.]

  3. hildezero - Oct 15, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    No. You’re wrong they (Mexico) NEED to beat them (Costa Rica). The US are expected to lose their game, so that means Mexico needs to win. So, I’m right.

    • tridecagon - Oct 15, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      No, no you’re not. Mexico are three points ahead of Panama, so even if Panama beats USA tonight (which I expect to happen since they’re more motivated and playing at home), Mexico needs only a draw to stay ahead.

    • braxtonrob - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      @hildezero, Dude, Mexico only needs a DRAW.

  4. hildezero - Oct 15, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Yeah, I am. I know Mexico is up by three points, but I’m saying Mexico needs to beat Costa Rica, because I don’t see a draw in this game. I’m sure Mexico wants to win this game more than anything and Costa Rica would like to beat them in their own home national stadium front of fans.

    • braxtonrob - Oct 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Lol, you’re so FOS, just admit you didn’t check the numbers close enough.

  5. hildezero - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Why would I admit it, when I know what I’m talking about. Why don’t you just admit it that I’m gonna be right? XD You know it.

    • braxtonrob - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Yeah, … how’d that prediction work out for ya.

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