In a match to forget, the Mexico vs Costa Rica game ended in a 0-0 draw in which the Aztecs could not and tied with the "Ticos", putting their qualification to the Qatar 2022 World Cup at risk.
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In the match held at an Azteca Stadium very few spectators, the Mexican team showed that what they have on the field is not enough to make it to the World Cup.
Mexico put its qualification to the World Cup at risk in this manner
With a few dangerous chances and a goal disallowed to Rogelio Funes Mori, the team coached by Gerardo Martino showed a lack of ideas, a lack of forcefulness, and was lucky that the Costa Rican team's chances did not end in goals.
Worst of all, having tied 0-0 against the "Ticos", the Tri now has the urgency of winning the next game, which will be against a team that has always been difficult for Mexico: the Panamanian national soccer team.
That match will take place this Wednesday, February 2 at the Azteca Stadium, and in it, El Tri has no other option but to win, to secure its direct ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, or else it will have the embarrassment of trying to qualify for the reclassification.
And absolutely no one is spared in the Mexican team, but especially in the forward line.
Mexico's forwards were ghosts in the Mexico vs Costa Rica duel
Rogelio Funes Mori indeed had a goal disallowed in the match, but in this World Cup Qualifying Round, Gerardo Martino's insistence on continuing to use him instead of Alexis Vega, who avoided dismissal after being fundamental in the victory against Jamaica, is surprising.
Likewise, Hirving "Chucky" Lozano and Jesús "Tecatito" Corona were left to play their part in the match, even though they tried a little harder than Funes Mori.
For example, at minute 3, "Tecatito" Corona sent in a cross that Hirving "Chucky" Lozano headed, but the ball went just wide of the goal.
The dynamic of the match was quite similar in Lozano's other attacks: he found space and shot wide of the goal.
The same with "Tecatito", who has just arrived at Sevilla but who looks more like he plays in amateur soccer since all his shots on goal went wide.
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Costa Rica's game plan vs Mexico: defend the ball and counterattack
The team coached by Luis Fernando Suárez knew from the start that it was the Mexican team that was obliged to go forward and try to score, so they set up a line of five in defense to complicate the mission for the Mexicans.
Another pillar of the Colombian coach's game plan was undoubtedly his goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, who plays every game as if he were playing for Real Madrid.
It is true that on this occasion the Mexican forwards did not demand much from the goalkeeper, but he was always attentive to the attacks of the Mexican squad.
Perhaps the only occasion in which Navas' goal was in danger was in the 59th minute when a shot by Héctor Herrera was denied by the Costa Rican goalkeeper with his right hand.