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Mexico, in the long-awaited return home game, achieved a point in the Octagonal Final with a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica, which leaves it momentarily in third place in the standings with 18 points. Time is running out for the Tricolor to get their ticket to the World Cup, there are four games left.

The Azteca stadium was an echo of sound and marketing in its campaign to eradicate the homophobic cry and an equal atmosphere is yet to be seen next Wednesday in the game against Panama. With everything and control of fans, the cry of “Tata out” was heard, whistles and boos at the end of the game.

Around 2,000 registered and identified fans witnessed the squad presented by coach Gerardo Martino, who brought European experience to the squad, including Edson Álvarez, Hirving Lozano, Jesús Corona, Héctor Moreno, Héctor Herrera, Gerardo Arteaga. But they were not the key to adding the three points that would have positioned him in second place in the standings (for now).

Andrés Guardado, who was active in the last game against Jamaica, and Raúl Jiménez watched the game from the stands.

Mexico created chances and shots brushing the goal of Costa Rican Keylor Navas. Half an hour into the game, a goal shout was silenced and annulled by the referee. The route went like this: from Luis Rodríguez to Edson Álvarez, who gave the pass to Jesús Gallardo, then Jesús ‘Tecatito’ Corona shot and in Navas’ save, Funes Mori took advantage of the counterattack to score.

The other opportunities seemed utopian as a reward for persistence in the presence of the Tricolor in the rival area, but only in possession of the ball. Martino brought in his scorers from the Qualifiers to see if they would resolve, Alexis Vega and Henry Martín, who have two goals each in the competition, but they were not the key either.

“The game was bad. In general, we played poorly. Panama won at home against Jamaica. We will once again have a game that counts for the chances of accessing the World Cup. We have lost freshness in terms of having possession of the ball, it was not very productive. Today was a bad night for everyone and for my decisions, from the beginning and during the game our shortcomings were in sports, we lacked ideas in the game. This is everyone’s responsibility.

“Around 4-5 players who were fresh, plus the changes we made at halftime and in games like this that generate fatigue is to see how the team can maintain freshness and dynamics and today we couldn’t achieve it” Martino said at a press conference after the match.

The second half was one of changes for the Tricolor, Orbelín Pineda, Luis Romo, Gerardo Arteaga appeared, while Edson Álvarez was already on the bench with an ice pack on his right knee.

Luis “el Chaka” Rodríguez left with a yellow card, as did Héctor Moreno, who due to an accumulation of cards will not be able to be in the lineup against Panama.

Tico Adrián Alonso Martínez, who plays for Lommel SK, in the second division of Belgium, was the danger for the Tricolor, but he did not get any bigger.

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