Mexico beats Costa Rica and reaches 2023 Gold Cup semifinals

The 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup semifinals will feature Mexico.

Mexico beats Costa Rica

At AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, El Tri defeated Costa Rica 2-0 on Saturday in the quarterfinals. However, El Tri had the opportunity to score more goals.

Both teams played rather sloppily to end the first half, which ended with no goals. Around the 30th minute, Costa Rica was able to exert some respectable sustained pressure, but it was unsuccessful in getting its chances on goal.

Toward the end of the half, Mexico gained momentum. Uriel Antuna, a right winger, nearly scored but his shot hit the side netting when he was off balance.

Eventually, the first goal was scored early in the second half. In the left side of the penalty area, Henry Martin made a move that resulted in a foul and a subsequent penalty kick. When given a chance to score, Orbelin Pineda simply pushed the ball past Kevin Chamorro, who appeared unhappy with his ability to make the save.

Chances continued to present up for both teams as Costa Rica sought an equalizer, but Chamorro and Guillermo Ochoa both remained solid in their respective goals.

But Mexico would be the one to finalize the agreement at the last minute.

Roberto Alvarado breached the Costa Rican defense as he dribbled into the area after finding space on the left flank. The difference was made by a cross from two substitutes that was delivered by him and intercepted by Erick Sanchez for the goal.

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El Tri made 14 shots in all, eight of which found the goal. Los Ticos alone had nine, so they’ll be upset to learn that only one of them connected.

Mexico had the ball 52% of the time while Costa Rica had it 48% of the time at the end of the possession game.

Mexico has been performing well in the competition, having already defeated Haiti 3-1 and Honduras 4-0 in group play. It suffered an unexpected setback against Qatar, which the Maroons won 1-0 on their sole successful shot. El Tri, though, did well to swiftly brush that defeat under the rug.

Now, Mexico is awaiting the outcome of Sunday’s match between Guatemala and Jamaica. The Las Vegas Raiders’ home stadium, Allegiant Stadium, will host the semifinal on Wednesday, July 12.

Panama is on the opposing side of the bracket and will be watching Sunday’s match between the United States and Canada.

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