Mexico upsets Costa Rica; move on to semifinals

Mexico have punched their ticket to the 2020 Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying championship knockout stage thanks to a 3-0 victory over Costa Rica in Group A.

With the win, El Tricolor have advanced to next Sunday’s semifinals with a match to go in the group. By virtue of the result, the United States have also qualified for the next round.

Mexico raced out of the gates and not six minutes were on the board when Uriel Antuna handed his side a 1-0 lead by slotting home a cross from Sebastian Cordova from the left flank.

Alexis Vega nearly made it two with a hard hit from distance that Costa Roca GK Kevin Chamorro did well to block. Meanwhile, Costa Rica looked to respond and Randall Leal forced Mexico GK Luis Malagon into his first save of the night right before halftime.

While Vega’s first long-range effort was unable to find a way past Chamorro, his next attempt in the 52’ was inch-perfect with a right-footed shot that made its way through a sea of legs and into net for a 2-0 Mexico lead.

Mexico’s attack was finding its stride and Cordova stretched the lead to 3-0 in the 69’ by polishing off a counterattack with a left-footed finish past Chamorro.

From there, the Mexico defense took over and closed things out to nail down the three points.

Group A wraps up this Wednesday in a battle of unbeatens between Mexico and the U.S., while Costa Rica will take on the Dominican Republic.