Mexico vs. Costa Rica live scores, updates, highlights from the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier

After a trying set of three away qualifiers, Mexico is back at its Estadio Azteca home, where it will face a Costa Rica team that will discard a draw or even more as it seeks to keep its World Cup qualifying hopes alive.

Mexico is in third place in the qualifying standings, and with three home games in a row at the Estadio Azteca, it can cement its place in one of the top three places, which will provide a direct place for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be played in Qatar in November . El Tri could also use a couple of convincing performances in that stretch after the losses to the US and Canada had caused fans and the media to press the pressure.

Fighting Costa Rica has its own problems, but also goes in with renewed hope of fighting for fourth place in the standings, which would give it a place in an intercontinental playoff to be played in June against the team coming from Oceania, probably New Zealand.

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Sporting News will follow the match live and provide results updates, comments and highlights as they happen.

Mexico vs. Costa Rica livescore

1H 2H Finale
Mexico 0
Costa Rica 0

Goal:

(All times Eastern)

13 min: YELLOW – Costa Rica’s Alonso Martinez receives a yellow card for a foul. The game’s first warning.

12 min: The match’s first goal kick at the Estadio Azteca, and fans shout “Mexico” instead of the homophobic song, which is why Mexico has only a small crowd of 2,000 employees and business partners at this home qualifier. Everyone was signed up for the match, and if there is a homophobic song, they will track down the guilty fans and ban them for five years.

10 min: Costa Rica chance! Joel Campbell to Alonso Martinez and Memo Ochoa must save. Costa Rica’s crossing was dangerous there.

3rd min: Dead ball taken by Tecatito Corona and sent in the box, but Chucky Lozano can not get the header on goal.

1st min: We’re off with a small crowd at the Estadio Azteca, and Mexico is already at the forefront.

17:58: As we get ready for the kickoff, here are the highlights of the Mexico series:

17:15: A magnificent stadium for an important match:

Mexico vs. Costa Rica lineups

The return of Chucky Lozano in attack, along with recovery of midfielder Edson Alvarez and center back Cesar Montes (COVID-19) will be a boost to Mexico’s hopes of delivering a convincing performance. Raul Jimenez It always has to be a decision on game day and it does not make the cut.

Right back jorge sanchez will not be available due to a left MCL injury against Jamaica, the extent of which was not disclosed. Chaka Rodriguez gets the start instead. None jonathan orozco, osvaldo rodriguez, Others saved or Uriel Antuna on the playlist.

Mexico starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 13-Guillermo Ochoa (GK) – 23-Jesus Gallardo, 15-Hector Moreno, 3-Cesar Montes, 21-Luis Rodriguez – 8-Carlos ‘Charly’ Rodriguez, 4-Edson Alvarez, 16-Hector Herrera – ’17 -Jesus Tecatito ‘Corona, 11-Rogelio Funes Mori, 22-Hirving’ Chucky ‘Lozano

Mexico Replacements (12): 1-Alfredo Talavera (GK), 12-Rodolfo Cota (GK), 6-Julian Araujo, 5-Johan Vasquez, 2-Nestor Araujo, 19-Gerardo Arteaga, 14-Erick Gutierrez, 7-Luis Romo, 9-Diego Lainez , 20-Henry Martin, 10-Alexis Vega, 18-Orbelin Pineda

Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez has confirmed that there will be changes due to the physical strain of Thursday’s hard home win over Panama. Moving to a five-man backline is likely given his team’s expected defensive stance and Mexico’s strength on the wings.

winger Randall Leal (gastroenteritis) is out and midfielder Orlando Gallo also misses the match due to a crack against Panama. Jeffry Valverde (San Carlos) and Anthony Contreras (Guanacasteca) was called up to fill the void. Regular guests Oscar Duarte (right thigh), Christian Gamboa (hip) and Richard White (right hind thigh) is not on the team due to injury, and third-string goalkeeper Stephen Alvarado was a scratch at the last minute after he was not allowed to leave Costa Rica by the authorities due to a legal case.

Costa Rica starting lineup (5-3-2, right to left): 1-Keylor Navas (GK) – 4-Keysher Fuller, 2-Youstin Salas, 19-Kendall Waston, 15-Francisco Calvo, 8-Bryan Oviedo – 5-Celso Borges, 17-Yeltsin Tejeda, 16-Alonso Martinez – 13- Gerson Torres 12-Joel Campbell

Costa Rica Replacements (12): 23-Leonel Moreira (GK), 3-Juan Pablo Vargas, 6-Daniel Chacon, 22-Ronald Matarrita, 7-Douglas Lopez, 14-Jefry Valverde, 10-Bryan Ruiz, 20-Aaron Suarez, 11-Johan Venegas, 9 -Jewison Bennette, 18-Anthony Contreras, 21-Jose Guillermo Ortiz

How to watch Mexico vs. Costa Rica

  • Date: Sun, January 30, 2022
  • Time: 18.00 ET
  • TV channel: Univision, TUDN
  • Streaming: fuboTV, Paramount +

Mexico vs. The Costa Rica World Cup qualifier from Estadio Azteca will be broadcast on Univision and TUDN in the United States. Both channels can be streamed on fuboTV, which is available via free trial.

The match will also be streamed in English on CBS streaming platform Paramount +.

MORE: How Mexico won away to Jamaica

There will be 2,000 fans present at the Estadio Azteca consisting of Mexican federation staff and business partners as the federation launches a pilot program to help it eradicate a homophobic song that originally forced it to play the qualifiers on January 30 and February 2. closed doors.

Mexico vs. Costa Rica odds, selection and prediction

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The lines of this game tell the story: The prospects clearly require a home win in Mexico, and probably by a shutout. The only excitement – and the most convincing odds – lies in how many goals El Tri will score and what the margin of victory will be.

During this final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier, Mexico has an average of 2.38 xG at the Estadio Azteca, and Costa Rica gives up 1.53 xgA on the road per game. FootyStats. So projecting two goals scored by Mexico is not much of a reach, apart from the fact that the Ticos have Paris Saint-Germain champions Keylor Navas in goal and they have actually only conceded three goals in four away games so far.

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So what will outshine the other? Mexico attack or Costa Rica defense? El Tri has a chip on its shoulder to prove that critics are wrong after two previous losses to the United States and Canada, and a scare against Jamaica. Tata Martino’s men should have an edge to their game, and the sparse crowd could help remove some of the pressure normally present at Azteca. The return of a Chucky Lozano in form should make Mexico difficult to contain.

Pick: Mexico -1.25 Asian Handicap (-125)

Forecast: Mexico 3, Costa Rica 0

  • Moneyline: Mexico -330 / Draw +400 / Costa Rica +850
  • Dispersion: Mexico -1.5 (+100) / Costa Rica +1.5 (-135)
  • O / U 2.5 goals in total: Over +105 / Under -135
  • Both teams must score: Yes +165 / No -220

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