Saturday, June 29, 2019

Mexico nips Costa Rica in penalty kicks

 Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (memo) had a
great game in front of the net against Costa Rica.
Photo by Darla S Tamulitis
La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (June 29, 2019) After 120 minutes of play and a tied score, Mexico had to rely on penalty kicks to record the win over Costa Rica to advance to the semi-finals of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup at NRG Stadium in Houston.

With the score tied after regulation, two additional 15-minute periods were played with the score remaining the same after the additional 30 minutes of play. Both teams went to penalty kicks to determine the outcome of the game, with Mexico coming out on top, five penalty kick goals to four. The game was unique in many ways, including a record 70,788 fans; the largest Gold Cup game in Houston. In addition, a total of 11 yellow cards were issued; six to Costa Rica and five to Mexico.

Mexico got on the scoreboard in the 44th minute with a Raul Jimenez goal. Costa Rica followed up with the equalizer by Bryan Ruiz in the 52nd minute.

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