Mexico vs. Costa Rica: Where to Watch Live Streaming of FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifying [PREVIEW]
Mexico striker Javier Hernandez. (Photo: Reuters)
Mexico hosts Costa Rica Tuesday in an important World Cup qualifying game for the CONCACAF region. Kick-off is at 7:30 pm EDT and live coverage is available on ESPN or through online streaming (at user's risk).
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Tuesday's game will have a significant bearing on the standings in the hexagonal at this early stage in qualifying. Both Mexico and Costa Rica are tied with the United States atop of the standings on seven points. However, Mexico have played one game less putting them in a slightly disadvantageous qualifying position in relation to their opponents. A win at the Estadio Azteca would rocket Mexico above their opponents, simultaneously erasing the game advantage.
Jose Manuel Menchaca's Mexico team, who are one of the favorites to qualify, have been underwhelming in the hexagonal match-ups thus far. In their last five games the team have only managed one win and four draws. Their last match was a disappointing scoreless draw away to Panama. The main goal threat for El Tri is Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez who has scored five goals in qualifying.
Costa Rica, on the other hand, are entering the game on great form having won their last two games, the last being a 1-0 home victory against Honduras. Their position in the hexagonal is testament to how impressive the team has been this qualifying campaign. Real Salt Lake striker Alvaro Saborio in particular has been in great form scoring eight goals in the competition. In their last five games Costa Rica have won three, drawn one and lost one giving them a real chance of qualifying for the World Cup for the first time since the 2006 competition in Germany. Qualification now rests in their own hands and a win or draw in Mexico would put them in a strong position to secure it.
Home advantage may be key for Mexico, who have historically been extremely difficult to beat at the Azteca. Their last loss at the stadium was in 2011 against Uruguay in the Copa America.