Mexico missed the chance to move up to second in the CONCACAF standings and firm up their grip on a 2022 World Cup qualification spot after an underwhelming 0-0 draw with Costa Rica on Sunday.
El Tri struck the woodwork twice in the second half from Luis Alberto Rodriguez and substitute Luis Romo’s efforts, with Mexico unable to regularly test Ticos goalkeeper Keylor Navas despite their domination.
Mexico had 73 percent possession and 25 shots on goal, compared to Costa Rica’s six, but the hosts only managed one on target with Navas saving Hector Herrera’s 45th-minute free-kick, heaping more pressure on head coach Gerardo Martino.
Rogelio Funes Mori had a 31st-minute goal disallowed for offside, while Hirving Lozano returned from suspension but was wasteful with a handful of chances. Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa denied Costa Rica’s best chance from Celso Borges’ 39th-minute header.
The result means Mexico, who have managed just four points from their past four qualifiers, remain third in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings, missing the chance to go past the United States, who lost 2-0 to leaders Canada.
Canada have 22 points from 10 games, with USA and Mexico second and third on 18 points each while Panama beat Jamaica 3-2 on Sunday to sit fourth on 17 points. The top three sides automatically qualify for Qatar, with fourth to face a playoff. Costa Rica kept alive their faint qualification hopes with the draw, sitting fifth with 13 points.
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