Gold Cup Semifinal: Mexico vs. Costa Rica

In CONCACAF Gold Cup, Football on July 20, 2009 at 17:20

By Joe,


Mexico is really showing signs of their previous superior dominance in the Americas region of football. They smashed their way through to their semifinal by crushing Haiti with 4-0 in the quarterfinals. They advanced to the semifinals without their coach Javier Aguirre who is serving his second suspension out of 3. Costa Rica reaches their first semifinal since 2003 as they travel Chicago’s Soldier Field to face Mexico.

A convincing 4-0 win against Haiti in the quarterfinals put Mexico firmly intact for the Finals. The game was very much one sides as the Mexicans dominated the affair from start to finish. Miguel Sabah scored two goals, Giovanni Dos Santos and Pablo Barrera scored one each. Two of these goals came from corners so it seems that the Mexican have been practicing on those during their practice. Mexico kept on attacking the Haiti team and close down every ball possession Haiti had. If Mexico can recreate that attacking and work spirit then the Finals would not be far away.

Costa Rica will have to thank Alvaro Sabroio for his contribution in getting them into the semifinals. He scored in both halves in the 5-1 victory over Guadeloupe while Celso Borges, Andy Herron and  Pablo Herrera Barrantes close off the score line. The Costa Ricans have been very impressive in this tournament, their only defeat came against El Salvador in their last match of the group but that was without several normal starting lineup players. Costa Rica, which has never won the Gold Cup, lost in the finals in 2002 to the United States and in the semifinals to Mexico in 2003. They will be facing their biggest test in this tournament as they Mexico awaits them.

Mexico looks like they have found their confidence. Ever since the scandal game against Panama, the Mexicans have really changed their attitude and won two games in a trot. Costa Rica was eliminated in the quarterfinals in both 2005 and 2007, they could  extend this record if they don’t play up to their best against Mexico. These two in form teams could give the audience a great game on Thursday and Mexican have all the experience that is required to get into the Finals. Check out the odds on Betsson as they are offering 1.85 for Mexico to go through.

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