World Cup Qualifiers: Mexico vs Costa Rica Clash at the Azteca

mexicoMexico look to uphold their unbeaten run in their World Cup Qualifiers at the Estadio Azteca on Tuesday night as Costa Rica looks to further their chances of qualifying for Brazil in 2014.  For Mexico who has two consecutive home draws in The Hex, Chepo will look to see a resurgent attacking threat and get back to their winning ways.

For the Mexicans, they enter the match after a 0-0 draw in Panama last week (their seventh tie in eight matches in 2013) while Costa Rica gained a crucial three points courtesy of a goal by Roy Miller to see his country come out on top over Honduras.

Tuesday night’s match at the Azteca has plenty of implications for who is to win the Hexagonal and automatically qualify for Brazil.  Costa Rica, Mexico and the United States are all tied atop the Hexagonal with seven points; however, El Tri currently have played one more match than both Costa Rica and the United States.

The Costa Rican’s will look towards defender Roy Miller to continue his success in the back, and will have a tough task on Tuesday evening because of the attacking potential of the Mexican outfit.  Miller will likely be in charge of standing up Chicharito, Giovani dos Santos, and Aldo de Nigris as the trio will look to break the deadlock early and set out for the three points.

The Manchester United striker has plenty to prove after recent comments this week about his pleasure to be with United, but his desire to see additional minutes.  If United cannot promise added minutes next season for the Red Devils, then the qualifiers could certainly be seen as an audition of sorts for him.

Costa Rican midfielders of Celso Borges and Cristian Bolanos will look to help their country qualify for the 2014 World Cup having missed out in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  As the battle of the midfield seems wide open between Mexico and Costa Rica, both Borges and Bolanos will look to assert their dominance over a very silky midfield of Andres Gordado and Gerrardo Torrado.

While Chicharito looks to continue his fine form, Fulham’s Bryan Ruiz and Real Salt Lakes Alvaro Saborio will be on the other side of the ball looking to create numerous chances past a sometimes tentative back line of Mexico.

Who takes the three points at the Azteca? Can Mexico uphold the fortress that is the Azteca, or will Costa Rica strengthen their hopes to winning the Hexagonal?  Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below.

 

 

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