Already with a last-eight ticket in hand, Mexico did not hit the brake in their final group match against Costa Rica. Within the first ten minutes, the Mexicans were pummelling Los Ticos’ defence with several attacks. Andres Guardado provided excellent service from the left-wing, and although Javier Chicharito Hernandez misfired a few chances, captain Rafael Marquez headed home to put the group leaders ahead. With no intentions of stalling their attack, Guardado scored a double, putting El Tri three up on a stunned Costa Rica side before the break. After the restart, Mexico were content with their four-goal cushion, but Los Ticos were keen to stop the bleeding and finally broke through with a goal of their own from substitute Marco Urena. And, while it was the first goal conceded by the Mexicans at the tournament, the result left them Group A winners and Costa Rica hanging onto second by a thread.
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