Mexico City (AP) —After struggling to beat Jamaica in the middle of the week, Gerardo Martino said Mexico knew what was at stake in the next two games.
The Mexican, who defeated the Jamaican 2-1 in this FIFA window hosting Costa Rica second in three games for the World Cup in November, will take a new step towards that goal this Sunday. I will try to step forward.RELATED
Martino’s team has scored 17 points, surpassing the US (18) and Canada (19) measuring strength on the day and finishing third in the final CONCACAF octagon.
“Mexico is an important team in Central America and we are in our current location, but we want to put it in the best place in the world,” said Martino of Argentina. “We had a good match with Jamaica, but if we don’t work tomorrow and Wednesday, that match will be of little use.”
Combining the victory in Mexico with the result of the match between the United States and Canada, we will be second in the remaining four games.
The top three will go straight to the World Cup and the fourth will play off with the Oceanian team.
Mexico also defeated Panama on Wednesday and closed this window with 9 points, along with other results, to the World Cup, the main goal set for himself since Martino arrived in Mexico. You can put it in with one foot. 2019.
“The victory in Jamaica was essential to getting out of the dynamics of the defeat that ended last year and regaining confidence, spirit and enthusiasm, all of which resulted in a positive victory over Jamaica,” Martino added. rice field.
A big question for Mexicans before the match is that there is striker Raul Jimenez who was unable to play against Jamaica due to a muscle injury. The good news is the return of Hirving Lozano (Naples), who was suspended for one match.
“Raul is recovering well and he is working hard. We will define tomorrow whether he will be able to play or not,” Martino said.
Costa Rica, which has just won Panama, is still fighting because it has 12 units, is located in the fifth rung, and is only two from Canalero, who currently owns the playoff ticket in the fourth.
Costa Rica coach Luis Fernando Suarez said on Saturday, “Attitudes are not negotiable and we cannot deny the difficulties that teams like Mexico always face.” “The only small difference is that there are no ordinary people, but going to the Aztecs requires attitude and group unity.”
The match will take place with about 2,000 spectators, all workers, or relatives of members of the Mexican Federation, testing a new program to control fan access to help eradicate homosexual cry in the match. ..
After confronting Mexico, Tychos will visit Jamaica on Wednesday, the seventh of eight desperate countries.
Ticos will suffer from Randall Leal’s absence due to stomach problems and Orlando Garo, who defeated Panama 1-0. Their position is occupied by attackers Anthony Contreras and Jeffrey Barberde.
“Since the last microcycle, I’ve always had a good feeling about these two players. We know they can contribute to the team. Think of players in different positions. That’s why I don’t call a soccer player in the same position as Garo or Lille, “Suarez explained.