The 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal stages continue with another doubleheader on Sunday, July 19 when Mexico faces off against Costa Rica at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The winner of this match will then take on the winner of the Trinidad and Tobago vs Panama showdown in the semifinals. If any of the knockout stage games are tied after 90 minutes they will go to 30 minutes of extra time. If there’s still no winner, the contest will be decided by a penalty-kick shootout.
Mexico vs Costa Rica Quarterfinal Betting Preview
- bet365 currently lists Mexico as the favorites to win the game at 4/5 with Costa Rica 15/4 and a 90-minute draw at 12/5
- Head to Head Trend: Mexico has met Costa Rica 50 times in the past and has done quite well with 27 wins, seven losses and 16 draws.
Mexico finished as runners up in Group C with a win and a pair of draws. They opened their group stage in Chicago on July 9 and hammered Cuba 6-0 and followed it up with a 0-0 draw against Guatemala in Glendale, Arizona. They wrapped up the group stage on July 15 in Charlotte, North Carolina with a dramatic and entertaining 4-4 draw against group winners Trinidad and Tobago. Mexico pulled ahead 4-3 in injury time only to see Trinidad tie the game on the last kick of the match. The Mexican side finished the group with a tournament-leading 10 goals scored and allowed four against.
Costa Rica advanced to the quarterfinals as the runners up in Group B with three points from three draws. They kicked their tournament off with a 2-2 draw against Jamaica at the StubHub Center in Carson, California on July 8 and followed it up with a 1-1 draw against El Salvador in Houston three days later. They finished the group stage with another draw, this time a 0-0 sister kisser against co-hosts Canada at BMO Field in Toronto. Costa Rica completed the group stage with three goals for and three against.
Mexico is currently ranked number 23 in the world by FIFA and is the second-ranked team in CONCACAF. The nation is also the all-time leader in Gold Cup championships with half a dozen of them under their belt with their last victory coming in 2011 at the Rose Bowl. They entered the Gold Cup as the co-favorites with the Americans, but may have to play against Costa Rica without midfielder/forward Giovani Dos Santos, as he was injured against Trinidad in the group finale.
Mexico has several excellent players on the roster as usual with the best of them being forward Carlos Vela of Spanish club Real Sociedad, midfielder Hector Herrera of Portuguese team Porto, and 22-year-old midfielder Jesus Corona of Dutch club Twente. This marks Vela’s return to the national side after sitting out the last four years due to a suspension and refusing to play when he’s been chosen. Meanwhile, Corona has just returned from the recently-finished Copa America tournament. The Mexican side is managed by Miguel Herrera, who was also in charge of this year’s Copa America squad.
Costa Rica is ranked 14th in the world by FIFA and are the top-ranked side in CONCACAF. The nation is aiming for its first Gold Cup championship. The team’s best players are 23-year-old forward Joel Campbell of English Premier League club Arsenal, 33-year-old goalkeeper Patrick Pemberton of Alajuelense in Costa Rica, and 29-year-old captain Bryan Ruiz of English Championship League side Fulham. Ruiz, who can play forward and midfield, is appearing in his third Gold Cup tournament.
Jorge Luis Pinto took Costa Rica to last year’s World Cup in Brazil, but he left to manage Honduras. Costa Rica’s new boss is former player Paulo Wanchope who was an assistant to Pinto last summer. The Gold Cup was launched back in 1991 and Costa Rica has made it to each and every tournament since then except in 1996. They were runners up in 2002 when they were beaten in the Final by the U.S. They’ve also made it to the semifinals four other times. The team did manage to win the CONCACAF Championship, which came before the Gold Cup, when they took nit in 1963, 1969 and 1989.
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